THIESSEN, Cornelius “Corny”

Posted: May 6th, 2022

Cornelius “Corny” Thiessen

1937 – 2022

Mr. Cornelius “Corny” Thiessen of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Katherina “Kathy” Thiessen, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the age of 84 years.

Corny was born the 3rd of 14 children to Cornelius and Anna Thiessen on May 17, 1937 in Chihuahua, Mexico. He attended school from grades 1-8 in Chihuahua then moved to Canada with his family traveling by truck. Their first jobs were in Ontario fruit picking, and a few years later Corny moved to B.C and then back to Manitoba where he met the love of his life, Kathy.

Kathy and Corny were married in 1962. School and work brought them to Lethbridge, Alberta where Corny worked for Wheatland Bins and Kathy worked as a nurse. This was going to be the place where they spent their entire married life and many happy years.

In retirement, Corny spent his time recycling bicycles for many years to come, while Kathy began working in financial services in 1992. Through the years they were able to travel to many amazing places and met many amazing friends along the way. Sadly, Corny developed heart problems 2 years ago, and was no longer able to walk. He and Kathy spent many hours sitting in their yard drinking coffee laughing and reminiscing about all of their years together and their fond memories.

Besides his beloved wife Kathy, Corny is survived by 5 siblings; many, many nieces and nephews; and many adopted family from over the years. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by all that knew him.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 10:00 am and 11:00 am on Monday, May 9, 2022 at EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE 4717 24 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, May 9, 2022 at EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF LETHBRIDGE, 4717 24 Ave S, Lethbridge, Alberta. Interment will follow in Royal View Cemetery.

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