Cora "Corky" Greenburg

September 21, 1935 - November 25, 2017
Plainwell, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Cora Lee Greenburg Estate
4023 SE 48th Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

The memorial fund will be used to help cover her medical and living expenses with the remainder going to the Boy Scouts of America.

Life Story / Obituary


Cora Lee (Corky) Greenburg, age 82 of Plainwell, Michigan passed away on November 25, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Corky was born at the William Crispe Hospital on September 21, 1935 to Leo and Mary Alice Watters. The building was later repurposed as the William Crispe Community House, an assisted living facility, where Corky had been staying since 2012 until the time of her passing. The family thank the staff and board members of William Crispe and her caregiver Anthony Bender for the excellent care she received in her later years.

Corky graduated from Otsego High School in 1953 and from Albion College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Corky was a well known figure in the Plainwell community. She taught 7th grade Life Science at Plainwell Middle School for 28 years and retired in 1997. As testimony to her love of teaching, she remained a part-time substitute teacher for several years afterward. Corky was also the cheerleading coach for Plainwell High School for many years and taught swimming lessons for local youth at her home pool. She also opened up her home not only as a foster home but also as a Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue home for dogs. She was a member of the Plainwell First United Methodist Church for much of her life and a devout Christian.

Corky is survived by her two daughters, Kathi Greenburg and Susan Hall (married to Robert), and her son Michael Greenburg (married to Kimberly), her grandchildren April Bender, Darian Weaver and Margaret Hall and her great-grandchildren Chloe and Brody Bender, and Eli and Adaline Weaver.

A celebration of Corky’s life will be held Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 at the Plainwell United Methodist Church, 200 Park Street, Plainwell, Michigan, 49080. A visitation/sharing time will precede the service beginning at 10:00. The celebration will be followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to a memorial fund. The memorial fund will be used to help cover her medical and living expenses with the remainder going to the Boy Scouts of America. Corky was a proud supporter of the Boy Scouts and her father Leo had been a notable scoutmaster. Donations to the memorial fund can be made by check or money order payable to "Cora Lee Greenburg Estate" and mailed to Michael Greenburg, 4023 SE 48th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97206.