Cornelis; MariaMaria Magdalena Cornelis (nee Coene) has passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the age of 77, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia. She was the beloved wife of the late Phil Cornelis (2003) for 47 years and loving best friend of the late Frank VanderBurgt (2012). Dear mother of Marlene Cornelis (Brent Gudgeon) and Ron Cornelis (Lisann). Maria was a devoted “Metje” to Jennifer Thomas (Matthew), Jonathan Vanos, Meredith Vanos (Kellan Gray) and Adam Cornelis. She was graced with a joyful relationship with great granddaughters Avery and Emily. Maria is also survived by her siblings Simone Beernink (Anthony), George Coene (Myra), Omer Coene (Carolyn), Anne Stratton (Bill), and Ron Coene (Maureen), in-laws Marcel (Jenny), Rene (Mariette), Fien, and Georgette Cornelis, and many nieces and nephews. Lovingly remembered by the VanderBurgt family. Predeceased by her parents Maurice and Magdalena Coene, brother Gery and infant sister Irene. Maria’s creativity, artistry and generosity in her cooking, crafts and gardening brought much pleasure to all who knew her. The family would like to thank Drs. Rankin, Balachandra, and Maddison, her nurses and caregivers, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, and the many family members and friends who blessed Mom with their caring dedication and support. Visitation will be held at the WYOMING CHAPEL, 650 Broadway St., Wyoming on Sunday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Parish Prayers will be offered at 3 p.m. A mass celebrating Maria’s life will be held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Philip’s Church, King St., Petrolia. Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Maria has asked that donations be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia ( Memories, pictures, and condolences may be shared online at

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