Funeral Mass for Ted & Corinne Miller
Saturday October 22, 2022 11:00 AM
St. Kateri Church, Ridgway, IL
Interment To Follow Mass at St. Patrick Cemetery, Ridgway, IL
Theodore (“Ted”) Charles Miller, 89, passed away September 7, 2022, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Born in 1933, Ted was the first of four children of Theodore Michael Miller and Kathleen Irene Gillick of Troy, New
York. On the Gillick side, Ted was the grandson of immigrants from Ireland and, on the Miller side, the great-
grandson of immigrants from Germany. Ted’s father was a carpenter, and his mother a homemaker. Ted attended
Bell Top Elementary School in North Greenbush and Columbia High School in East Greenbush, where he was an
excellent student. With the support of his high school teachers, Ted earned a scholarship to Princeton University,
where he studied chemistry, graduating in 1955. Ted was the proud parent and grandparent of two more
Princeton alumni, his son Tim and his granddaughter Emily. Ted pursued graduate studies at the University of
Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1959. Ted was the proud parent and
grandparent of three more Illini, his son Joe, daughter-in-law Kathy, and grandson Charles. Ted worked at Sterling
Winthrop Research Institute in Rensselaer, New York, beginning in 1959 until retiring in 1993, first as a research
chemist and later as a patent agent, drafting and prosecuting patent applications for the company’s
pharmaceutical inventions. Ted shared his interest in chemistry with two of his children, Tim and Beth, and his
interest in patent law with his daughter Beth.
At the University of Illinois, Ted met Corinne Maloney, who was a graduate student in home economics. They met
at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 1958, and they were married in August 1959 at St. Patrick’s Church in Corinne’s home
town of Ridgway, Illinois, where she grew up on a farm. They settled in East Greenbush, New York, near Ted’s
parents’ home in Troy and his workplace in Rensselaer. With the help of Ted’s father, he and Corinne built a home
on a 14-acre former farm property, where they raised three children. Over the years, Ted made many
improvements to their home, including finishing the basement and building a brick fireplace. Together with
Corinne, Ted planted a large vegetable garden and kept their home magnificently landscaped.
Ted had a love of music that began in childhood, when he listened to his mother sing as she worked. He learned to
play the French horn and appreciated classical music throughout his life. Ted shared his love of music with his
children and grandchildren, all of whom played musical instruments. Ted was an accomplished tennis player, a
sport he enjoyed throughout his life, both as a player and spectator. He was also a talented photographer, taking
portraits of his family and landscapes of the Maloney farm and developing and printing black and white
photographs in a home darkroom. For many years, Ted served on the planning board in the town of East
After the children were grown and Ted retired, Ted and Corinne decided to leave their 14-acre home and re-settle
in Reston, Virginia, near their daughter and her family. Without the large property to care for, Ted had more time
to play tennis, research and write a book about Atlantis, take walks and bike rides with Corinne, and spend time
with their grandchildren. Together with Corinne, Ted enjoyed researching and documenting their family histories
and traveling to places where their ancestors lived, including Ireland and Germany. They also made many trips to
visit relatives, most frequently to Ridgway and the Albany-Troy area. When their health declined, Ted and Corinne
moved to a senior care facility near their son’s home. Ted was a lifelong devout Catholic, attending mass every
Sunday and weekday mass after retirement.
Ted is predeceased by his wife Corinne, who passed away in Oct. 2021, and survived by his sister Marilyn Ann
Brown of Poestenkill, New York; his brother Charles Francis Miller (Kathleen) of Spring Hill, Florida; and his sister
Karen Jean Rhea of Delmar, New York; three children, Timothy Mark Miller (Donna) of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania;
Elizabeth Miller Roesel (Thomas) of Bozman, Maryland; and Joseph Daniel Miller (Katherine) of Elmhurst, Illinois;
and five grandchildren, Emily Margaret Miller of Houston, Texas; Patrick Gaskell Miller of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; Erica Corinne Roesel of Loveland, Ohio; Gretchen Elizabeth Roesel of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and
Charles Joseph Miller of Elmhurst, Illinois.
CORRINE MALONEY MILLER
Corinne Maloney Miller, 88, passed away October 20, 2021, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
On March 28, 1933 in a farmhouse in Ridgway, Illinois, Corinne was born the fourth of seven children of Daniel
Joseph Maloney and Margaret Rose Luckett. She attended a small country school (Daily School), a boarding school
(St. Vincent Academy in Waverly, Kentucky), and Ridgway High School, graduating valedictorian in 1951. Corinne
began college at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana and graduated from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, with a bachelor’s degree in 1955 and a master’s degree in 1958, both in home economics.
Corinne taught middle and high school home economics for several years.
At the University of Illinois, Corinne met Theodore (“Ted”) Charles Miller, who was a graduate student in
chemistry. They met at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 1958 and were married in 1959 in Ridgway. They settled in East
Greenbush, New York, near Ted’s home town of Troy. With Corinne’s home design expertise and construction
help from Ted’s father, they built a home on a 14-acre farm property, where they raised three children. Corinne
was the master-keeper of the home and family. She worked tirelessly at planting, harvesting, freezing, and
canning vegetables, as well as sewing, knitting, baking, cooking, painting, snow shoveling, and caring for the
children and Ted’s aging parents. Having grown up on a farm, Corinne’s way of life was “do-it-yourself,” long
before that phrase became commonplace. Everything was handmade with skill and care, from draperies to
dresses, sweet corn to cakes, and haircuts to hats. Corinne loved to be outdoors, whether working in the flower or
vegetable garden, going for a walk or bike ride, swimming in the community pool, or sledding with the kids.
Resting was not on Corinne’s agenda.
After the children were grown and Ted retired, Corinne and Ted decided to leave their 14-acre home and re-settle
in Reston, Virginia, near their daughter and her family. Corinne continued to pursue her passion for gardening as
chair of the landscape committee at their condominium. She also enjoyed walking, biking, and swimming and
caring for her grandchildren. Corinne and Ted shared an interest in researching and documenting their family
histories and visiting places where their ancestors lived, including Ireland and Germany. They also made many
trips to visit relatives, most frequently to Ridgway and the Albany-Troy area. When their health declined, Corinne
and Ted moved to a senior care facility near their son’s home. Corinne was a lifelong devout Catholic and put her
faith into practice daily. Most recently, she and Ted were parishioners at Saint Thomas à Becket Catholic Church in
Reston, Virginia. She was active in parish life, sewing bibs for infants receiving the sacrament of baptism.
Corinne is survived by her husband Ted; her sisters Mary Elizabeth Wargel (Charles) of Equality, Illinois and Frances
Ann Traweek (John Anthony) of Tyler, Texas; three children, Timothy Mark Miller (Donna) of Phoenixville,
Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Miller Roesel (Thomas) of Bozman, Maryland; and Joseph Daniel Miller (Katherine) of
Elmhurst, Illinois; and five grandchildren, Emily Margaret Miller of Houston, Texas; Patrick Gaskell Miller of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Erica Corinne Roesel of Loveland, Ohio; Gretchen Elizabeth Roesel of Kannapolis, North
Carolina; and Charles Joseph Miller of Champaign, Illinois.