Mrs. Donna Claire Cornell, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 11, 2013, following a long battle with cancer. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, John; three children, Charlene (David) Yonker, Janet Cornell, and Jay Cornell; one sister, Colleen (David) Webber; six grandchildren, Colin (Luisa), Justin, Jason, Chloe, John, and Sarah; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Louise Freel; sisters, Berna Zimba and Kathleen Morris; brothers, James Freel and Robert Freel. She was a 1962 graduate of Catholic Central High School, attended Grand Rapids Community College, and was self educated on many subjects. She assisted her husband in his accounting practice. In retirement, she and her husband were enthusiastic bikers and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Alaska and Canada on their BMW motorcycle. Donna’s family feels blessed that she was a part of their life, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. The Mass of Christian Burial for Donna was offered at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Belmont, with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed at the funeral home on Tuesday evening. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Endowment Fund at Assumption BVM School, 6393 Belmont Ave., Belmont, MI 49306 or God’s Kitchen, 303 S. Division St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday and prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford