On Monday October 28th 2019, Mario Joseph Cornelio passed away peacefully in his home after battling liver cancer. Mario was born in Chicago, IL on March 16th 1949 to father Luis Cornelio and mother Mary (Martinez) Cornelio. Mario was a long time resident of the Bridgeport neighborhood. During his time in grade school, Mario met the love of his life, Darleen Tellano whom he later married. Mario and Darleen have been married for nearly 52 years. In that time, Mario was drafted into the US Army to serve in the Vietnam War, Company D, 3D Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196 Infantry Brigade. From 1969 until 1971, Mario fought courageously, earning numerous awards and recognition upon discharge. Mario later served on the Honor Guard from the Wilmington VFW Post 5422 who continue to honor deceased military members at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Mario is survived by his loving wife Darleen, daughters Maida Cornelio- Sauseda, Paulie Cornelio Lopez, granddaughters Nora Marie Sauseda, Nia Darleen Sauseda, and Maiana Josefine Lopez, grandsons Mario Daniel Lopez and Michael Thomas Lopez, son in laws Ron J Sauseda and Santos I Lopez Jr. Mario is preceded in death by his parents Luis and Mary Cornelio, sister Rebecca (Cornelio) Moreno, brother Domingo Joseph Cornelio, and brother Louis Cornelio.
Mario will forever be remembered by numerous friends and family for his zeal for life and strong work ethic.
Services for Mario will be hosted at Dalcamo’s Funeral Home, Thursday October 31st. He will be laid to rest Friday, November 1st at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Mario’s wishes were any donations, in lieu of flowers, be made in his honor to the Disabled American Veterans non profit.
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