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  • "Goodbye Uncle Donald Cornell. I hope you knew the impact..."
    - Steven Hernandez
  • "May you have peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus..."
  • "Dear Ruth and family, my deepest sympathies and expressions..."
  • "Papa Don is an amazing man in our house and we will never..."
    - Jenn Rich

CORNELL, Donald F.
July 25, 1932 - November 8, 2013

Donald F. Cornell was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, neighbor, friend, Catholic, and the hardest working man that ever was. He was born in Mt. Washington, Kentucky to J.W.F. and Mildred Cornell. He later moved as young boy with his family to their beloved farm on Bloomfield Road just outside of Bardstown. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force, spending 20 years as an aircraft crew chief. After retiring, he moved to Carmichael, California and became a self-taught craftsman. He spent 18 years as the Maintenance Supervisor at Crosswoods Homeowners Association. Donald was a devout Catholic who converted to the Faith in 1989 at age 56. He was often affectionately called "Pops." To anyone who needed help, he willingly lent a hand. He was honest, tough, empathetic, and always finished what he started. Donald is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 56 years, his children Jennifer Vandenberg, Greg, Matthew, and Mark Cornell, and their spouses; his grandchildren Steven, Christopher, Andrew, Gregory, Nicholas, Luke, Jonah, and Charlie Cornell; his siblings Dolores Oakley, Dwight Cornell, Charlotte Wheeler, Sarah Mae Riney, and David Cornell. A visitation will be held from 5-7pm, followed by a rosary, on Thursday, November 14th at Lind Brothers in Carmichael, 4221 Manzanita Ave. A Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, November 15th at 10am at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 4524 Garfield Ave., Carmichael (95608). Burial immediately following at Calvary Cemetery in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Michael's School at St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 14, 2013
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