June 8, 1932 – February 20, 2023
Overland Park, Kansas – Lillian Joan Cornell, 90, of Overland Park, KS passed away on February 20, 2023.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, MO. The visit will take place at 9:30, before Mass.
Lillian Joan (Kusick) Cornell was born in Kansas City, MO to Henry and Anna (Surma) Kusick. Charles and Lillian Cornell were married on June 23, 1951. They met in high school. He left for San Diego to serve in the Marines, and they corresponded by mail from her until he could convince her to marry him. She was the “apple of his eye” and he was “the love of his life”. He was a commercial roofing contractor and she was responsible for four children and a family.
Lillian is survived by her children, Christine “Chris” (Rick) Winans, Charles “Chip” Cornell, Cynthia “Cindy” (Michael) Knoelke, and Cathleen “Cathy” (John) Jenkins; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in her death by her husband, Charles Cornell.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends making donations to St. Mark’s Catholic Church (3736 S Lee’s Summit Rd, Independence, MO 64055) or Faith Home Health and Hospice (11827 W 112th St Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66210 ). Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600).