James Ernest Corsale

James Ernest Corsale

Sunday, July 30th, 1922 - Saturday, August 24th, 2019
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James Ernest Corsale

James Ernest Corsale passed away peacefully Saturday, August 24. He lived most of his life in Springfield, IL, and his final years in the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles Oregon.

Jim was born July 30, 1922, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Izzo) Corsale in Bridgeport, CT. He was a 1940 graduate of Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT. He loved sports, playing baseball, basketball, track and boxing. He briefly worked as a photographer at Remington Arms.

In 1942 he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He served on the Battleship New Jersey in the Asia Pacific Theater participating in many battles including the Battle of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan after the surrender. He earned a World War II victory medal.

Jim met his future wife Carol Jean Terwilliger at a Valentine’s Day Dance in Milwaukee, WI, during the time he was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base. When he returned from his service they were married on April 6, 1946 in Milwaukee and spent part of their honeymoon at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with Jim’s beloved younger brother Joey a member of the fighting 69, who was recovering from extensive injuries received in 1945 during The Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Germany. They made their first home together in Madison, WI where he attended the University of Wisconsin graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1950.
Jim and Carol moved to Springfield, IL where he worked for Holmes Serum Company for many years. He loved life, his huge Italian family and his friends. He was an avid golfer, loved to fish and excellent Italian cook. Jim loved photography, art, music, theater, and in particular jazz. You could always make him happy by putting on Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coltrane, Johnny Hartman or Ella Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by; his wife, Carol Corsale; brother, Joseph Corsale; daughter, Janet Corsale and son-in-law, Dr. Charles Heath.

He is survived by; his children, Dr. Mark J. Corsale, Elizabeth Corsale and son-in-law Peter Dippery; his grandchildren, Bree Corsale Sheridan, Bree’s husband Ian Sheridan, Emily Corsale and Gabriel Corsale Dippery; and his great grandson, Maxwell Sheridan.

A funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m., September 5th, 2019 at Anderson Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Burial will follow the funeral at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, Oregon.

His family wishes to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude for the compassion and care given to him by the staff at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Oregon.

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    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 12:30pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Interment

    Idlewilde Cemetery
    980 Tucker Rd.
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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Ann Quattrin

Posted at 09:55pm
Elizabeth or "Lizzy" as I remember your dad fondly calling you when we were kids, just wanted to reach out and let you know I saw this in our local news and my heart goes out to you. I think your dad was the last of the Heather Acres gang to pass. Thinking of you at this time. Ann [Heller] Quattrin

Elizabeth Corsale Posted at 03:54pm

Hi Ann, how do I find your address? Would love to reconnect.

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Posted at 11:36am
Peter and family, our heartfelt condolences. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
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Romualda Capranica

Posted at 10:22am
My sincerest condolences on the death of your father, James Corsale. He was a great friend and neighbor. He was also a great storyteller, and a wonderful man.

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