Cecily Johanna "CJ" Cornelius

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Cecily Johanna "CJ" Cornelius

Cecily Johanna "CJ" Cornelius, 67 years of age, of rural Pickrell, Nebraska, formerly of Sheridan, died Thursday night, November 25, 2010 at her residence following a long battle against cancer. She was born on September 6, 1943 at Elmhurst, Illinois. She married Richard Cornelius on December 16, 1989 at Aztec, NM. She worked in office management for real estate firms and other professional concerns. She was a Master Gardener and her favorite employment positions were when she worked at various greenhouses and nurseries, including Landon’s. She was a member of the Garden Club while in Sheridan. In 2006 they moved to an acreage near Pickrell. CJ worked at Kaw Valley Nurseries for two years. She was a member of the Bargain Box in Beatrice, enjoyed her family, her gardens, people and pets, and always had time for coffee and conversation.
Survivors include her husband Richard of Pickrell; three sons, Mark Oropeza and wife Maria of Sandwich IL, Paul Oropeza and wife Catherine of Joliet, IL and Nicholas Oropeza and wife Kat of Sheridan, WY; one daughter, Alicia Aviles and husband Tomas of Aurora, IL; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; eight sisters; one brother; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Marie Stephani Pinkous.
A gathering honoring CJ was held on Saturday, December 4, in Beatrice, NE. Cremation has taken place and inurnrnent will be at a later date. Online guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available at www.foxfuneralhome.net. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the family at 710 E. Dogwood Rd., Pickrell, NE 68422-8130