A memorial Mass for Ms. Corrine A. McDonnell, 58,
of Springfield will be at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in St.
James Church, Springfield. Arrangements are by the
Bradley, Smith and Smith Funeral Home, Springfield. Ms. McDonnell, who died April 25 at home, was a
marketing communications manager for The Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey for 27 years
before retiring four years ago.
Among her public relations responsibilities, she
supervised press operations after the September 11
attack on the World Trade Center and provided press
tours of Ground Zero during search and rescue
efforts as well as during site clean up.
Before that, she was a freelance press consultant
for Bristol-Myers Squibb, McCormick & Co. and Peter
D. Paul Architects. She was also employed as the
public relations director of Center Stage, a theater
company in Baltimore, Md., was a communications
design specialist for Southwest Educational
Development Laboratory, Austin, Texas and an account
representative for Bell and Stanton Public
Relations, New York City.
Ms. McDonnell received a bachelor of arts degree
in communications from Fordham University in 1969
and a masters degree in journalism from New York
University in 1982.
She had feature articles in the SOHO Weekly News
and The Jersey Journal. She was awarded a CLIO in
1988 for Best Radio Campaign All The Tiny People and
You Can See Forever-World Trade Center Observation
Deck. She was a chairperson with the Audit Committee
and elected to the Board of Directors of the XCEL
Federal Credit Union, New York City.
Born in New York City, she lived in Hoboken
before moving to Springfield in 1993.
Surviving are her husband, Mark E. Gurnicz; a
stepson, Matthew Gurnicz; a stepdaughter, Kathryn
Gurnicz; her stepmother, Eha McDonnell, and a
stepsister Rein Uibopuu.