Lyndall Cornette Obit

Lyndall E. Cornette, 84, of Yankton, S.D., passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. Lyndall Eunice King Cornette was born on February 7, 1935, to Colonel Norman David King and Stella Minnie Clark King in Cheyenne, Wyo., joining two older brothers, Norman Richard and Gordon Norman (Bud). Lyndall was a tomboy at heart and ran wild with the neighborhood gang of boys as there were no girls anywhere close to her age. Her two older brothers were extremely protective of her and she always spoke fondly of those days.

When World War II began, Colonel King was called to serve and moved his family back to Alliance, Neb.,to be near family.  It was in Alliance as a freshman in high school in 1949 that Lyndall met John Cornette. John was a sophomore and they were both attending a dance at the Presbyterian Church. John calmly walked over to Lyndall and announced that she could dance with him. She did, and he would become the true love of her life. 

Lyndall graduated from Alliance High School with honors in 1953. The next year she attended Colorado Women’s College.  While she was in school, John was in Korea in the Army. After his honorable discharge in 1955 they were united in marriage on November 23, 1955. Lyndall worked while John finished his college education at Chadron State Teacher’s College. 

Their first child, Kimberly Lyn, was born right after John graduated in 1958. John began teaching English in Martin, S.D., after college. The Cornette family had a second daughter, Ronda Lee in February of 1960. Sadly, she was born premature and lived only one day. Julie Kay was born in 1962.

The day after Julie was born, John announced to Lyndall that the family was moving to New York City. He would be attending Columbia University to receive a Specialist’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. The family spent the next school year in New York.  John and Lyndall loved the experience making lifelong friends and having plenty of adventures. After graduation from Columbia, John was offered the job of Guidance Counselor at Yankton High School and the family moved to Yankton, making it the family’s permanent home. It was in Yankton that son Michael John was born in 1967. 

Like so many women of her time, Lyndall stayed home with her children while they were young. When Michael started school, she began working part time at Yankton College in the Athletic Department as a secretary. From there she became the manager of the college bookstore and then the manager of the entire Warren Campus Center. When YC closed in 1984, Lyndall went on to work at the March of Dimes. She was quite successful and raised a great deal of money for a cause that was near and dear to her heart, retiring in 1997.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Yankton, SD with Rev. Kenn Leischner officiating.  Burial will be in the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery, Alliance, NE at a later date. Visitations will be 5 to 7 PM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, SD and then one hour prior to the service at the church.  On line condolences may be sent at: 

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