Donald R. Cornwell, Brooklyn, WI (1927 - 2012)
Cornwell, Donald R.
March 13, 1927 - December 21, 2012
BROOKLYN, WI—Donald R. Cornwell, age 85, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lancaster on March 13, 1927, son of Clarence and Leila Cornwell, he graduated from Edgerton High School in 1945. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Mae Krueger, who he met at a high school band tournament in Whitewater. Married July 16, 1948, in Whitewater they farmed and operated a Wisconsin Cheese Shop for over 20 years. Don then managed cheese packaging at Madison Dairy Sales (AMPI) becoming a licensed cheese grader. He later worked as a metallurgist technician for Baker Manufacturing in Evansville, retiring in 1989.
One of Don’s greatest interests and talents was music. He was an excellent musician, playing clarinet and sax. He instilled his love of music in his four children and also his ten grandchildren. He enjoyed playing with the Oregon Community Band, had served as president of the Evansville Band Parent’s Association and was always involved in his children and grandchildren’s activities, music and sports. Don never missed a band or choir concert. Don was a member of Brooklyn Lutheran Church where he had served as President and Vice President of the congregation, enjoyed singing in the choir and was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Mary; children: Don (Linda) of Oregon, Noreen (Alan) Krueger of Brooklyn, Denis of Oregon, and Janeen (Scott) Barlass of Brooklyn. He is further survived by grandchildren: Matt (Karen) Cornwell, Jenny (Mike) Wokasch, Katie (TJ) McDaniel, Megan (Josh) Tracy, Korey (Chelse) Krueger, Riley Krueger, Alex Cornwell, Jordan Cornwell, Haley Barlass, and Hayden Barlass; great-grandchildren: Abbey, Maddie and Rylen Tracy, Owen and Lisette Wokasch, Gavin McDaniel, and Caden, Brinley and Sawyer Krueger.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St., Oregon, on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Rebecca Ninke presiding. A luncheon will take place immediately following the service. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the FUNERAL HOME in Oregon. Memorials may be made to Brooklyn Lutheran Church, 101 Second St., Brooklyn, WI.
Special thanks to The U.W. Carbone Cancer Center and the wonderful care of Dr. Hei, Karen and the oncology nurses at 1 South Park. Your care, compassion and friendship will never be forgotten. Thanks also to the Rock County Agrace team, especially Amy, Angie and Jen and staff of the Evansville Manor for their gentle, loving care. Online condolences may be made to www.gundersonfh.com.
“Across the years I will walk with you in deep green forests, on shores of sand, and when our time on earth is through, in Heaven, too, you will have my hand.”