Cornelius William Cornelssen, Jr.

Cornelius William Cornelssen, Sr., age 93, of Hoschton and formerly of Medford, NJ passed away Monday, December 17, 2018. He was born in Manhatten, NY and spent most of his life in the northeast. Bill was a proud member of the Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge #212 where he received an award in 2018 – Mason of the Year. He attended his last meeting there in November. Previously he was a member of  Masonic Lodge #178 of Medford, New Jersey where he served as the Past Master. Mr. Cornelssen was an United States Army Veteran of WW2. At age 18, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Survivors include his daughter Candice Easton and husband Everard of Hoschton; son Cornelius William Cornelssen and wife Cindy of SC; sister Dianne Cornelssen Ferrera Kehoe of Balto, PA; grandchildren Patrick William Easton, Cornelius William Cornelssen and Carena Cornelssen.  He is preceded in death by his wife Jeanne Cornelssen and brother Robert Paul Cornelssen.  Interment to be held with military honors 12:30 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA.  Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org, 706-654-0966.

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29 thoughts on “Cornelius William Cornelssen, Jr.”

  1. My dad, a WWII vet (Navy), passed away 2 yrs ago. He would be 94 and we miss him each day. Thanks to Cornelius for his service, sacrifice and patriotism. Godspeed and May he Rest In Peace.
    Rich Savner – New Jersey

  2. God bless you, Brother. We salute you, wish you fair winds & following seas. We now have the watch. God speed home.
    – Rob & Doc

  3. Sir and Dear Cornelssen Family, You will never be forgotten. We thank you and your entire family for your sacrifice and fight for freedom. Yours was a life well served. Thank you, from a fellow American, whose family also served alongside you in that war. Semper Fi

  4. Cornelius Cornelssen, “Was awarded the Bronze Star for ‘exemplary conduct in ground combat against the armed enemy’ during the Rhineland Campaign in early 1945. He earned two Purple Hearts for his war wounds in Luxembourg and Arracourt, in northern France.”

    To his children, a son and daughter, Jeanne Cornelssen, we are amazed to learn about your father and how he survived the battlefield and even the hospital when it was blown up. God had plans for him despite the enemy trying to take him from us. Cornelius made a wonderful life and family. Thank you for sharing his story with us.

    I’m in California visiting my mother and father. My dad is also a WWII veteran, but he didn’t see combat. He’s still alive at 94. I know you will have many veterans come to celebrate your father’s extraordinary life on Saturday, Dec 29.

    Jessie Jane Duff, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps (ret)

  5. To the family of Cornelius Cornelssen my deepest condolences. He served his country well, and is now receiving eternal rewards. His service and heroism is cherished and not forgotten.

  6. Rest In Peace sir…your country is forever indebted to you…

    Past Honored Queen
    Bethel 60, Port Washington, WI
    International Order of Job’s Daughters

  7. Thanks for your father’s service and a very successful following career. I read of his past on a military website that I am on.

  8. To the family & friends of Mr. Cornelssen,
    I served our great country in the Marine Corps & have always & will always have the greatest admiration & respect for ‘The Greatest Generation’. I didn’t know Mr. Cornelssen personally, but I am certain I know the type of man he must have been. It takes a special kind of love to put yourself in battle to protect ones country & way of life. Military service changes a persons perspective on life and what is really important & not. I would like to take this solemn opportunity to salute his service, valor, & sacrifice. RIP brother warrior, until we meet again. Semper Fi!

  9. Thank you for your courage in answering The Call, and for all that you have sacrificed for so noble a cause. May your journey be swift and your homecoming be glorious.
    Rest easy, Brother. Till we meet in Valhalla!

  10. Thank you sir for a life well lived and service to a country that can never be repaid. It is because of patriots like you my children can grow up free. It’s because of sacrifices you made, and friends I’m sure you lost , that I’m able to enjoy this great country. We as a nation mourn your passing and salute you sir. God speed Mr. Cornelssen!

  11. Thanks to mr. Cornelius for your service, sacrifice and patriotism. It’s because of sacrifices you made, and the friends I’m sure you lost , that I’m able to enjoy my country. Godspeed and May you Rest In Peace. Prayers of comfort for the family.

  12. Deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loving father. May God walk you through the days ahead. He is appreciated and remembered fondly by his brothers in arms…there to greet him in the Great Hereafter…thank you so much sir, for your sacrifice to our country.
    🎇

  13. A good man from a great generation. Thank you to a brave man that I never knew. My freedom is enjoyed because of you and others like you. I will never forget that sacrifice.

  14. My father was also a WWII veteran who fought at The Battle of the Bulge. The men, “The Greatest Generation”, were without a doubt amazing. Their love of God and Country was unquestionable. You have a lot to be proud of. My dad passed away in May, 2016. I still think of him every day and feel proud that I can say that I am his daughter. May your memories give you comfort and help to sustain you at this difficult time. Condolences to the entire Cornelssen family.

  15. In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, rest easy, Pfc. Cornelius Cornelssen VIII. May your name be written in the Book of Life, May your works follow you. May you be rewarded in kind. Surely, the LORD will remember you. From one veteran to another,

  16. Rest In Peace Sir. As we lose another peace of our Greatest Generation I believe our Nation and The World understands we are quickly losing our Living History and it causes us alll to take pause and be thankful for their courage and selflessness. May your family know there are many greatful people for your service and life regardless us age, gender, race, religion, political affiliation or hot topic stance. God Speed.

  17. Thank you for your bravery and service. May God welcome you in to the Kingdom, rest in peace. – a grateful nation

  18. I am so sorry I just read this, as I would have attended his Memorial Service. I am a recently retired Soldier of 31+ years, and it is gentlemen like Mr. C that we all attempted too emulate. RIP Sir and thank-you for leading the way and setting a positive example for an entire Nation!

  19. Thank you so much for your service, Sir. And big hugs to the family whom I trust are carrying on your father’s legacy of a life well spent. What a beautiful article from a great daughter. Nicely done.

    Peace and love from Phoenix, Arizona.

  20. Fair weather, calm seas now, Mr. Cornelssen, Jr…….

    My beloved Father also enlisted, to serve in WWII in the Army, at 18yrs of age, and was posted in Germany and France. He left us to rest, at the age of 83yrs of age, three months before my Mother followed him. They were high school sweethearts in Racine, Wisconsin, and were not meant to be parted…for long.

    Please know, the family of Mr. Cornelssen, that you are surrounded by like family members throughout the United States and all over the world, and are not alone…no, you are not. God Bless you, and your beloved Father…knowing, you will see him again, as he will be waiting for you.

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