Norman Cornelissen, 84, of De Pere, was guided by the hand of his loving wife on Tuesday August 5, 2014 to join her eternally in Heaven, where they will rest together after his long battle with cancer. The son of the late Martin and Bertha (Schampers) Cornelissen was born October 22, 1929 in De Pere. On July 11, 1951, he married Veronica "Monica" Eckardt at Old St. Joe's Church in De Pere. She preceded him in death on August 9, 2007.
Norman was most recently employed at Paper Machine Converting Company, where he enjoyed working as a parts trucker until his retirement. Earlier in his career, he worked at Packerland Packing. He enjoyed camping, hunting, telling stories about his growing up in the family farm and his training in the service. He enjoyed working with his hands and working in the yard. Norman "Sonny" was an all-around handy man.
Survivors include his daughter Sheila (David) Eagle, three grandchildren, Jessica (Tige) Lear, Jennifer Eagle, and Crystal (Chris) Fonder, eight great-grandchildren, Riley Hockers, Lexie Lear, Skylla Eagle, Ayden Christensen, Hunter Ferrington, Storm Ferrington, Winter Fonder, Lukas Fonder, and one sister, Verna Hockers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Monica, brothers Vernon and Lloyd, sisters Regina Coenen, Angenie Klister and Geneva Linsmier, as well as Monica's family, Francis Rosik and Irene Kocken.
Family and friends may call at RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 North Tenth Street, De Pere, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Saturday August 9, 2014. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home with Father John Tourangeou, O. Praem., officiating. Burial service with full Military Rites will be held on Monday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Cornelissen family.
We will miss your stories, teasing and witty humor as well as your debates between the devil and the angel on your shoulder. You will forever be in our hearts as father, grandpa, great-grandpa and uncle.
The family extends a special thank you to Kindred Hearts, Hospice Advantage, and to his niece, Linda Kocken for all your kindness and support.
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street
De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 6 to Aug. 9, 2014