Frank L. Cornish

January 12, 2013

Frank L. Cornish

WWII vet, Corning retiree enjoyed community service

Frank L. Cornish, 88, of Bentleyville, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, in The Fairways at Brookline Nursing Home, State College.

He was born January 27, 1924, in Naples, N.Y., a son of the late Frank L. Cornish Sr. and Anna Schenk Cornish.

Mr. Cornish was a 1941 graduate of Naples High School and a 1945 graduate of Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946, after serving during World War II in the Asia Pacific Theater. He received the Victory, American Theater and Asiatic Pacific Theater medals.

After college, he joined Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., and later transferred to the Corning plant in Charleroi. He worked for and retired from Corning after 45 years of service; he primarily focused on new products and was part of a team that created and implemented many innovations in the glass industry.

Mr. Cornish also enjoyed serving his community. For many years, he was president of the Corning Credit Union, served as a board member of Bentleyville Water Authority and as a voluntary tax preparer under the Internal Revenue Service program. He really enjoyed helping senior citizens in the Bentleyville area. He was a member of Ave Maria Roman Catholic Parish in Bentleyville, where he served as a lay minister. He also belonged to Croation Fraternal Union St. George Lodge 354 of Cokeburg.

He enjoyed stamp collecting, music, golf, physical fitness, travel and classic cars.

On June 24, 1950, he married Katherine L., and was a loving husband for 58 years, until Mrs. Cornish’s death in 2008.

He is survived by three children, Jeffrey L. Cornish of Bentleyville, Capt. Gregory J. Cornish, U.S.N. (Ret.) and wife Jane of Chesapeake, Va., and Cindy C. Love and husband Dr. Roy M. Love of State College; a loving grandfather to his eight grandchildren, Maren Cornish and husband Luv Bajaj, David and Amelia Cornish, Patricia Bennett and husband Jeffery, Christopher Cornish and wife Kristin and Sean, Collin and Molly Love; a sister, Leona Richards of Naples, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind a close friend and Naples classmate, Gretchen Aulls.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Ella Mae Gormel and Mittie Rose; and two brothers, Gordon and Rupert.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, where prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Ave Maria Roman Catholic Parish, Bentleyville, with the Rev. Edward Yuhas as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Carroll Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ave Maria Parish, Bentleyville, or in Mr. Cornish’s name to a charity of one’s choice. Military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horn American Legion Post #705, Centerville. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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