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November 26, 1937 ~ August 16, 2020 (age 82)

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On Sunday, August 16, 2020, Gustaaf (Gus) Otto Cornelis, passed away at the age of 82.

Gus was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. His family then migrated to Amsterdam, Holland. At the age of 24 he, along with his wife and infant son set sail to America arriving at Ellis Island in New York. They settled in California to start their new life.

In 1968 Gus bought their first, and only house, in a small town called Corona. Gus was a welder and worked for Steelcase till his retirement in 2000. In the last couple of years, they relocated to Riverside, to be closer to family.

Gus is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Louise. Along with their 3 children, Stanley Cornelis, Michael Cornelis and Sharon Alvarez. Referred to as “Opa” he has six grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren...and still growing.

Gus was a proud American immigrant who appreciated the opportunities he was given through the hard work he did.

Per his wishes, Gus will be cremated. Services will be on September 12. Due to Covid there will be limited seating, but the memorial can be seen on Facebook live as well as YouTube. We will post the when available.

Arrangements Entrusted To The Care Of Akes Family Funeral Home, 9695 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92503 (951) 785-4071 ~ FD1276

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