Lynette L. Cornelius (Nee Wilcox)

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Lynette L.

Lynette  “Lynie” Lea (née Wilcox) Cornelius 

Lynie passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2022.  She was 55. 

She was born on July 28, 1967 in Milwaukee, WI to Boyce and Dolores (nee: Loppnow) Wilcox. She grew up in Milwaukee, until 1979 when her family moved to Franklin. She grew up as the middle child of three children, and attended Oak Creek High School. She was active in Drama Club and loved to paint, and graduated in 1985. 

After high school, she worked as a child caregiver and in 1986 she started working at Franciscan Villa in South Milwaukee.  While working at “The Villa” she discovered the love of caring for people and in 1987, she started working at St. Luke’s Hospital, continuing caregiving as Nursing Assistant. In 1989 she started pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at MATC, while still working a full time job. She graduated in May of 1993 and became a Registered Nurse. She started her career at Good Samaritan Hospital, which became Aurora Sinai Medical Center. She worked in the high risk labor and delivery unit. Lynie loved being an OB nurse, and worked with fantastic co-workers who became family to her. Unfortunately due to an accident while working, she had numerous surgeries attempting to correct her spine. But did not have success, and she had to give up her other love, nursing, in 2009. 

On October 18, 2008 she married Paul Cornelius.  They were introduced by their mutual friend Jeff. She loved Paul with every part of her heart, soul and she knew he was the one for her. Paul loved her unconditionally and gave her the best life he could and she never wanted for anything, especially love and compassion. 

Lynie will be remembered for how fun she was when she was young. 18 years old running through a hotel playing cops and robbers. She also loved shooting pool, playing darts and enjoying Mexican food at Romines. She also enjoyed an occasional ice cold beer, brandy old fashioned and was the go to Polka dancer at any family wedding or party. In her later years, where pain influenced her life, she loved a good personal story, music, movies, reading and Spyro the dragon. 

She was loved by so many and will be missed greatly.

Lynette is survived by her husband, Paul Cornelius, her parents Boyce and Dolores Wilcox, sisters Wendy (Jack) and Heather (Mark), nieces Caitlyn (Doug), Jenna (Tanner) and great-niece Claire. She is further survived by her father-in-law Paul Cornelius, mother-in-law Bernice Vega, sisters and brothers-in-law Evelyn (Michael), Shelly (Reynaldo), Paulette (Brad), Christopher (Julie) and Joey. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles, cousins, and many more nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 10AM to 12PM at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME (9200 S 27th St). The funeral service will take place immediately following the visitation at 12PM at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME (9200 S 27th St).

Heritage Funeral Homes

9200 S. 27th St (414)761-2750



  1. David Tillman December 8, 2022 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Uncle Boyce, Aunt DeDe, Wendy, Heather, and most certainly Paul, There really are not words… I am am praying that God puts His Spirit of Peace on each of you during this season. I remember her laugh, even when she seemed flustered. I remember her coming and staying at Aunt Susie’s house, shopping downtown and swimming in the back yard. I remember the pool ladder breaking and her being upset, even though it had nothing to do with her. I remember her walking in the kitchen and eating raw green peppers… which I was surprised at at the time, it still do to this day. And I remember her dancing with her little cousin at Christie’s wedding so I wouldn’t feel left out. Please know that I love all of you.

    • Heather Backhaus December 8, 2022 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thank so much David for the kind words. I wish you could be here, but we understand completely. The warmth in your message is palpable and we love you very much. Please send my love to your mom.

  2. Brent, Kirsten, Grace, & James Tillman December 9, 2022 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences on your loss. May the wonderful memories shared with her by all live on in your hearts and minds forever.

    With love,

    • Heather Backhaus December 9, 2022 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      Brent, Kirsten, Grace and James,
      Thank you for your words of love and support during this challenging time. We love you too

  3. Lynn Kay Nienas December 10, 2022 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Paul – I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family.

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