Leona Julia Cornish

September 13, 1920November 17, 2012

Leona J. Cornish, 92, of Battle Creek Formerly of Albion, passed away Saturday November 17, 2012 at her residence. She was born September 13, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to Peter and Jennie (Buis) Verbaere. On April 17, 1942, she was married to Von Theodore Cornish in Coldwater, Michigan and he preceded her in death February 14, 1981.

She has lived in Battle Creek for the last 2 ½ years moving from Albion, she was a Homemaker. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church while in Albion and has attended the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Battle Creek for the last 20 Years.

She is survived by 3 Daughters Andriana (Kent) Spitler of Midlothian, VA; Connie L. Yates and Gloria J. Cornish both of Battle Creek, MI; 3 Sons Von T. Cornish Jr. and Michael E. (Sandy) Cornish both of Albion; and Lee R. Cornish of Battle Creek, MI; 16 Grandchildren; 33 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren; 1 Sister Jennie Anderson of Chicago,IL; 2 Brothers Jerry Verbaere of Chicago, IL and Fred (Joan) Verbaere of California. Besides her Husband Von Theodore Cornish, she was preceded in death by 1 Son David; 3 Grandchildren Dawn Cornish, James and Laura Yates; 1 Sister Martha Shaffer; 2 Brothers Peter and Lou Verbaere.

Visitation for Family and Friends will be Tuesday November 20, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, MI 49224. Funeral Services will be Wednesday November 21, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Funeral Home with Rev. Kory Geske and Rev. Fr. Joseph Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery- Albion.

Assistance with Memorial Contributions to: Seventh Day Baptist Church, 200 N. Washington Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037 is available at the Funeral Home


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Pam Alsbury

November 23, 2012

Gloria, I'm so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Pam Russell-Alsbury

Randy Newman

November 21, 2012

My deepest condolences in the passing of your Mother. I apologize for not contacting you sooner, just got back from hunting up North.My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Rhonda Jones

November 21, 2012

Gloria -- I am so sorry to hear about your mom -- what a treasure she was -- my thoughts are with you and your family

Heather Goldman

November 20, 2012

For our lovely grandmother/mom who was always a strong woman of God who thought of others needs ahead of her own. She is sadly missed by her family. Granddaughters Julia, Sophia,Katie, and Vonnie Goldman mourn for you daily.

Fredeane Artis

November 20, 2012

I am sadden to hear of your passing, you are in so many of my memories growing up as a child. My best friend Dawn has her grandmother by her side. I know you're both in Gods hands and he will embrace you. My heart goes out to your entire family.

Love, Fredeane (Deanie) Artis

Alice Lane

November 20, 2012

So sad to hear Aunt Leona has passed away. She will be so missed. My condolences to all the family. Love you all.