John E. Cornelius

November 12, 1962 - October 1, 2019

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John E. Cornelius, 56, of Springdale, OH, formerly of Covington, KY, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was a truck driver for Creation Gardens in Cincinnati, OH and an avid football fan, especially the University of Alabama and the Miami Dolphins. John was preceded in death by his father: Arnold Cornelius; mother: Carol Gattrell and daughter: Charley Jo-Lynn Cornelius. He is survived by his loving wife: Esther Cornelius; son: Sean Michael McDermott; daughters: Christine Sparks and Emily Jean Cornelius; sister: Michelle Angle; brothers: Jerry Ritko and Sam Retchko; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 2:00 PM until the Funeral Service at 5:00 PM at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society c/o Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Daniel Hopkins - Oct 5, 2019
John was a good man. I didn't know him very long, but I am a stranger to death, so I'm hesitant to go to the visitation. I can feel the grief in the air and I know it will be great for John. People often live their lives not knowing when their day will come but to have to such short notice... I pray your family may find rest in knowing he has gone to a better place. The troubles of our world are only temporary, but to live with God is forever.

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