James Roger Cornillie, 88 of North Branch, was born August 3, 1932 to Oscar and Elizabeth Cornillie near Comstock. He was the fourth of five children (Charles, Alma, Josetta and Delores). Jim (or more affectionately “Jimmy”) passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Elizabeth Cornillie, as well as his four siblings. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved him, including his loving wife Anne Marie; brother-in-law Willis (Rosalie) Thoen; sister-in-Law Naomi Thoen; nieces and nephews; many other family members, friends and neighbors.
Jim was baptized as a baby at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Mentor. He attended Pleasant Prairie Country School in Mentor and North Branch when his family moved there near Kost in 1943. Later in life, he was re-baptized in the Name of Jesus and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost; further committing his life to God. Throughout his life, and even at his passing Jim was the consummate example of a Christ-like man of strength and integrity, thankfulness and love.
Jim met the love of his life, Anne Marie Thoen while riding the greyhound bus between his place in the country and the Twin Cities. He and Anne Marie were married Thanksgiving day, November 28, 1974.
Although not highly educated, Jimmy worked hard and faithfully; farming, trapping, and laboring in sod production. He built a successful farm in the dry, sandy soils of Chisago County and loved working the fields with his favorite John Deere machinery.
Jimmy will be sorely missed by his dear wife Anne Marie and all who knew him.
Pastor Alan Hosch will officiate at funeral services for Jimmy: 2 PM; Sunday, August 1, 2021 at the Apostolic Gospel Church in Harris. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned from 12 Noon - 2 PM at the church; prior to the service. The interment will take place in the Sunrise Cemetery at Sunrise, Minnesota.
Memorials may be directed to the Apostolic Gospel Church of Harris in Jimmy’s memory. https://paypal.me/agcharris?locale.x=en_US
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City, Olson Chapel