Edward Corneilson, Jr.


ROXBURY, NJ - Edward M Corneilson, Jr., was called from this life on Wednesday, March 16, at Mt. Arlington Senior Living, where he had been a resident for several years.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 21, 1913, the son of Edward M. Corneilson, Sr., and Mimi (Unneberg) Corneilson. He married the former Esther Jacobsen on November 9, 1935, who predeceased him on October 17, 2012. In 1947, the family moved from Brooklyn to Roxbury Township, New Jersey, where they lived for over 65 years.  

For a number of years, Mr. Corneilson commuted into New York City, working for Colonial Silk Mills. He later found employment as an expediter with McKiernan-Terry Corporation, a company with offices in Dover and Harrison. After leaving that position, he began giving organ and piano lessons, and had many students. He also served as organist and choir director at a number of churches, both in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

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Esther and Edward were long-time members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna. His pride and joy was the purchase of several acres of land in Waymart, Pennsylvania. That property had two houses, both of which he refurbished. Many summers were spent in that place. Once it became difficult for them to maintain their homes, they moved into an apartment attached to the home of his son, Howard and wife Susan, where they lived for 10 years.

In addition to his wife of almost 77 years, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris, in 1938, great grandson Christen Alexander Corneilson, and brothers Eugene and Harold.

He is survived by two sons, Edward (married to Linnea Stone), living in Florida, and Howard (Married to Susan Benoit), living in Flanders, Grandchildren include Paul Corneilson (married to Beth); Eric Corneilson (married to Deanna); John Corneilson (married to Lisa); David (married to Kerry); Kim (married to Chris Hopkins); and Kari (married to Karl Lemmermann). Great grandchildren include Joshua Schmidt, Katherine Corneilson, Nicholas Corneilson, Kirsten Corneilson, Alexander Corneilson, Julian Corneilson, Eric Lemmermann, Kirsten Lemmermann, and Nathan Hopkins.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 20, from 2 -5 pm at the Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home on Main St., in Succasunna 973-584-7264 (

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 21, at 11 A.M., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Succasunna with the interment to follow at the Succasunna Presbyterian Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 203 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ 07876.


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