Cornelius E. Eckstein, Sunman, was born in St. Nicholas, Jan. 16, 1926, a son to Amand and Mary Federle Eckstein.
He proudly served in the United States Navy aboard an LST 1110 during World War II. He then attended New York Tech for two years, learning television repair in its infancy, and was a pioneer in the early introduction of television in the Sunman area.
Cornelius married Carol Jean Lattire Oct. 22, 1949, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Sunman, and she survives.
He was an electrician and instrumentation specialist, and worked for Monsanto for 28 years. Cornelius was an active member of St. Nicholas Church and the Kenneth L. Diver American Legion Post 337, Sunman. His family remembers him as a man who loved working with his tools, making wine with his brother, Father Frank, and having his family together. On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at the age of 90, Cornelius passed away, surrounded by his family, at Aspen Place Health Campus, Greensburg.
Those surviving who will cherish Cornelius' memory include his wife of over 66 years, Carol Jean Eckstein; children, Greg (Carol) Eckstein, Sunman, Kathy (Terry) Johnson, Bright, Steve (Christy) Eckstein, Greensburg, Rodney (Sandy) Eckstein, St. Leon, Mark (Christy) Eckstein, Monrovia, Darrell (Cathy) Eckstein, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Anita (Jack) Wallace, Greensburg; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Edmund Eckstein, Sunman, Father Francis Eckstein, Milan, and Walter Eckstein, Morris; sisters, Verena Fette, New Alsace, Alice Wuestefeld, St. Leon, and Matilda Nordmeyer, Sharonville, Ohio.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Eckstein, and sister, Stella Doerflein.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 4-8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine St., Sunman. A rosary service will begin at 3:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Francis Eckstein, is Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Kenneth L. Diver American Legion Post 337.
Memorial donations are requested to St. Nicholas School, Sunman Area Life Squad or the Sunman Rural Fire Department. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.
Published on  January 19, 2016