Friday, August 07, 2020

Lee Cornell Obituary


Leland (Lee) John Cornell

De Pere - Leland (Lee) John Cornell, age 75, passed on July 31, 2020 at his home doing what he loved, mowing the lawn and being outside. He died of complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was born November 10th, 1944 in Green Bay to the late Mabel (Grady) Cornell and Hubert Cornell. Lee was a cowboy at heart. He told many stories of his horses. The love of horses is how he met the love of his life, Lynn Nero at Oneida Riding Stable.

Lee was united in marriage to Lynn on February 13, 1965 in Howard WI. He is survived by his wife Lynn; children Dhea (Mark) Lamb, Rockford, IL; Craig (Brenda) Cornell, DePere; and Rachel (Robert) Bloedorn, Bonduel.

Lee only finished school to the 8th grade, but his work ethics structured his life and he became a Superintendent with Zeise Construction. One of his fondest jobs was building additions to the Packer Stadium. He had many stories to tell. He retired in 2008 after 39 years of service. After retirement, he became that cowboy again, raising steers and pigs. He was happiest on his tractors and lawn mower.

Lee is further survived by his brother Ronnie (Marianne) Cornell; sisters DeDe Cramer, Ann (Donny) Benedyk; sisters-in-law Karen Cornell, Yvonne Cornell, Jacci Briggs, Elise (Greg) Puls; brother-in-law Mike Kimps and 7 grandchildren Amanda Lamb, Kent (Marissa) Cornell, Clint (fiance Madison) Cornell, Kendra Lamb, Christian Cornell, Willis Bloedorn, Autumn Bloedorn, step-grandsons Nathan Beerntsen, Evan Beerntsen, Brett Beerntsen; good friend Russell Rentmeester, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is preceded in death by brothers Randy Cornell, Gary Cornell, Mark Cornell; sisters Tina (Charles) Christensen, Cleo (Merlin) Wallenfang, Rosie (Don) Schwartz, Bonnie (Roger) VanderBloemen, Debbie Kimps; mothers-in-law Zoe Nero, Claire Nero; father-in-law Milton Nero; sister-in-law Nancee Ott; brothers-in-law Richard Cramer, Barry VanVolkenburg; daughter-in-law Colleen Cornell and his special dog Valarie.

Memorial service will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1731 Saint Agnes Drive, Green Bay, WI on August 15, 2020. This will be a parking lot service with visitation so please join us. Visitation at 10 AM. Service at 11AM. Masks and social distancing required. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Online condolences welcome at

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Lee Cornell Passed

I just received word that Lee Cornell passed from a massive heart attack while in his yard on July 31st. Will add more info as I receive it or can find it.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Lucy Urias

Obituary of Lucy Urias

Newton lost a beloved member of our community on July 27, 2020 when Frances Lucille Urias (Lucy) passed away at the Comfort House in Pella. 
Lucy was born April 6, 1933 in Bussey Iowa to Ira and Belle (Sims) VanderLinden. She was a member of the class of 1951 at Knoxville High School. She married the love of her life, Joseph S. Urias in Newton on April 11, 1958 and together they built a beautiful life and family. Her family was her number one priority. Over the years she worked many places including the Maytag Dairy Farm, the Newton Daily News, and Newton Senior High School.
Lucy was an excellent athlete who enjoyed playing and watching sports of every kind! You would often find her sporting a Cardinals or Hawkeyes t-shirt and in the crowds cheering on her Grandchildren’s games, recitals, and plays. She was an avid golfer and also enjoyed basketball, softball, and any other sport she could join in on. She was a committed member of The Moose Lodge for over 50 years, the Elks, and the Westwood golf course. 
She is survived by her husband, Joseph S. Urias; her children, Mike (Annie) Urias, Ronald Dean (Sally) Urias, Teresa (Kent) Shirley, Chris (John) Heck, and Joe A. (Monica) Urias; her twenty-two grandchildren; her forty-two great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; her sister, Edna Nelson; her brother, Dale (Judy) Vander Linden; and a sister, Sandra Williams. Lucy was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Pat Urias Parker; her granddaughter, Toni Botello; a great granddaughter, Morgan Malloy; her parents; four sisters, and five brothers.
Lucy was always the life of the party and brought laughter and joy into so many people's lives. She could make just about anyone feel special and had more love to share than you could ever imagine. She will be sorely missed by so many.
We realize that there are so many who would want to honor our mama and her life, but due to COVID 19, there will not be a public service at this time. Friends may call at the Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home in Newton on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The family will not be present.  A private family service will be held. 
In memoriam of Lucy, a bench will be placed in her honor at the Westwood Golf course. Memorials may be made payable to Mike Urias and may be left at the Pence ~ Reese Funeral Home.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Hurricane Hannah

Hurricane in Texas

Donna Gabbert is a friend of mine who lives in Rio Valley Estates. Many former Magnolia Park people follow Donna's blog as she keeps all of us updated on happenings in the Rio Grande Valley as well as the happenings in her own park. She lives there year-round and has for many years.
Here is what she had to say about Hurricane Hannah.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Bill Stilson's Obituary

William Ross Stilson 79 of Walcott, Iowa, passed away July 18, 2020.

William (Bill) was born March 3, 1941, to Ross and Genetta Stilson. He lived and worked in Hampton for many years. He married Kay Izer on August 18, 1963. They had two children, Michael Ross and Craig William. In August of 1989, Bill moved to Toledo, Ohio, to work road construction for E. S. Wagner. He suffered a major stroke on May 1, 1996, and was forced to retire early, but that did not stop him. He volunteered for the St. Charles Rehab Center and Hospital for 10 years. He also loved helping Jim and Janet Fox every spring and fall getting their fields ready for crops.

In 2000, Bill and Kay started going to Donna, Texas, for the winter. They bought a trailer in Magnolia Park and looked forward to going there every winter. To keep busy, Bill bought Pecans. He cracked and picked them out and sold them to the ladies in the park. He soon became known as "Pecan Bill".

They enjoyed 20 wonderful winters in Magnolia Park. There was no such thing as a stranger to Bill. He really loved meeting and visiting with people. He enjoyed watching his two sons and four grandsons wrestle in high school and college. He was a big Iowa fan.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Richard, a sister Betty and two infant siblings.

Bill is survived by his wife Kay, two sons Michael of Colorado, Craig of Eldridge, six grandchildren Chelsea (Brett) Medernach of Farmington, Minnesota, Collin Stilson of Farmington, Minnesota, Cade Stilson of Reno, Nevada, Ethan Grant and Samantha Stilson of Eldridge, Iowa, and one great-granddaughter Paisley Medernach of Farmington, Minnesota.

With the Coronavirus on the rise, the family fully understands if you choose not to attend. If you do attend, please wear a mask.

These are pictures I found of Bill and I have others I know are even better and will post them when I locate them.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Bill Stilson Passed

We just received word that Bill Stilson passed away last night. When his obituary becomes available I will post it. He was widely known throughout the Rio Grande Valley as Pecan Bill and he was the truest of friends to all he met. He fought a long hard battle with his health and no one tried harder than he did. He will be greatly missed.

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