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Janette C. Cornell

October 20, 1935 - November 17, 2020



Janette C. Cornell of Cadillac passed away, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital.

She was born October 20, 1935 in Lansing to Robert and Chrystal (Frever) Hickey. She attended Okemos High School and later moved North to the Cadillac area. On September 3, 1955 she married Richard E. Cornell and he preceded her in passing on February 26, 1998.

Janette enjoyed Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She loved playing games; penny ante poker and pinochle were her particular games of choice. Janette loved Christmas with her family and spending special time with her family and grandchildren. At any family gathering Janette could be found spending time with the grandchildren on the beach.

She is survived by her children: Diane (Steve) Gladu, Robert (Virginia) Cornell all of Cadillac, Raymond (Anita) Cornell of Tustin, Leo Cornell of Cadillac and Colleen (Tom) VanDeVelde of Wesley Chapel, Florida; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Martha (Jim) Lumbert of Dewitt, Michael (Marlene) Hickey of Cadillac, Patrick (Kay) Hickey of Lansing, David (Sandra) Peasley of Flower Mound, Texas.

Janette was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Dick, as well as a brother, Daniel Hickey.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, November 23, 2020 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac with Pastor Judy Coffey officiating.

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  • Dave and Lisa Swanson - Nov 18th, 2020 4:20 pm

    "Our condolences to the entire Cornell family. "

  • DeeDee Tobin - Nov 18th, 2020 5:08 pm

    "Aunt Janette, I will miss you so much!! Whenever we were together you made our time so much fun! That was Aunt Janette, her love of family, love of life! I can’t remember a time that when our families were together that there wasn’t just so much laughter, enjoying just being together. Watching Aunt Janette and my Mom as we were kids seeing how much they loved being together, really showed us how important family is, something important, to be cherished and admired. I will always smile and have a little chuckle when I think of you Aunt Janette. Thanks for all the laughs!!! Love you!!❤️"

  • Lisa Myers - Nov 18th, 2020 5:41 pm

    "I’m so sorry to learn this Bob. My condolences to you and your family. It was a pleasure to know Janette! Praying for you as you adjust to life without her."

  • Mr. & Mrs. James and Ellen Sanscrainte - Nov 18th, 2020 6:30 pm

    "Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mother, our Annt Janette. She was deeply loved by all of us. Prayers for your whole family at this time."

  • Stephanie (Gladu) Von LaGrave - Nov 21st, 2020 9:23 am

    "I always loved it when I would call Grandma, and we would talk about how absolutely perfect we were. She would say with a VERY sarcastic voice “how is my perfect granddaughter”? “Just perfect”, I would reply with a smile on my face. Then I would ask, “how is my most PERFECT Grandmother”? She would say “fine, just fine,”. “It’s just so hard being so perfect isn’t it”? She would declare. “Yes, it is”. I would reply giggling. “Too bad no one knows we are so perfect” she would say laughing. “Well, if they were perfect like us then they would know wouldn’t they”, I would say. Then we would just laugh and laugh. It may have all been a joke, and obviously far from the truth. More like, perfectly imperfect between the pair of us. But even if we weren’t really perfect Grandma always was and always will be perfect enough for me. -Stephanie "

  • Andrew Van De Velde - Nov 22nd, 2020 11:28 pm

    "Rest In Peace Grandma. I think I speak for all of my fellow cousins when I say, I was lucky to call you my grandmother. We all miss you dearly and you meant so much to our family and I hope you know that. Thank you for being my second home every year when my parents had to work and my brother and I were on summer vacation. The laughs, the memories and being told to shut up because Jeopardy was on, all of this will never be forgotten. You always found time for us, no matter what. You were the most selfless person I’ve ever known and you gave everything you had to make sure your grand children and great grandchildren were happy. Even when we drove you crazy, you still loved us and never gave up on any of us. Thank you for everything and allowing a couple kids to enjoy the best summers of our lives. The many days spent out on the lake or at the park, were some of the best times of my life. We would joke about life and just make the most out of every day and that’s what I will always remember you by. This isn’t easy for any of us but I know we are all grateful to have enjoyed it with you. Rest easy Grandma, I love you ❤️"

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