Age 83 of Post Lake, WI, formerly of Manawa, passed away on his dock after a great day of fishing on Post Lake. Bernie was born in Antigo, WI on March 21, 1929, the son of the Bernard W. and Leona (Durkee) Cornelius. On January 19, 1952, Bernie married Stella Rose Menting in Phlox, WI. Together they raised eight children in the Township of Little Wolf. Bernie worked for Waupaca Foundry before retiring. Following his retirement, he and Stella moved to the cottage on Post Lake. The two celebrated a total of 60 years together. Bernie is survived by his wife, Stella; children, Susan Larson (Stan Balke) and their children, Jennifer (Dennis) Umentum, Jessica (Bryan) Schmidt, and Jen (Erik) Rottier; Sandra (Howard) Thomack and their children, Billie Jo (Rob) Rosneau and Micheal (Faith) Thomack; Daniel (Liz) Cornelius and their children, Paul Cornelius, Connie (Bill) Samson, and Danielle Cornelius; David (Susan) Cornelius and their children, Angela (Buddy) Fietzer, Stephanie (Scott) Schertz, David Jr. (Kelly) Cornelius, Tabitha (Andy) Mares, and Kenneth Cornelius; Doug (Julie) Cornelius and their children, Kassandra and Justin Cornelius, and Jeff Runge; Dean (Dawn) Cornelius, and their children Kay Lynn (John) Sasman and Charles Cornelius; and Cindy (Phillip) Buttles and their children Cody and Hana Buttles; 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He is further survived by a brother, Paul (Ann) Cornelius; sisters, Germain Orlowski, Maryln Frisch, and Nancy (Vern) Jolitz; as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bernie is preceded by death by his parents; son, Dennis; and siblings, Gladys, Donald, Glen, and George. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manawa (614 S. Bridge St.) with Father Amalraj Roche officiating. Family and friends may call at Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home in Manawa on Wednesday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again directly at the church on Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Little Wolf Cemetery, Township of Little Wolf.