Cornelius “Con” Joseph Ahearn III, 88, Hastings, Mich., passed away on June 6, 2019. Cornelius was born on Nov. 14, 1930, the son of Cornelius and Margaret (Toddish) Ahearn, in Menominee, Mich.
Cornelius attended high school at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Marinette, Wis., and college at St. Norbert School in De Pere, Wis.  Cornelius proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in February of 1955. On Sept. 8, 1956, Cornelius married Marjorie Burns at St. Joseph’s Church in Marinette. Cornelius worked in the insurance industry, retiring in 1990 from Hastings Mutual Insurance. He served with the Barry County Commission on Aging – Meals on Wheels for 18 years. Cornelius was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, iPad games and chocolate.
 Cornelius is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of 62 years; his children: Alice (Jeffery) Morrill, Jean Ahearn, Cornelius (Brenda) Ahearn, Maureen (Russell) Knorp, Dan (Cathy) Ahearn, PJ (Michelle) Ahearn and Shawn (Mindy) Ahearn; his grandchildren: Brandon Morrill, Caitlin Morrill, Bethany (Nathan) Stowe, Brooke (Keith) Oleneack, Cornelius (Tiffany) Ahearn, Jonathan Ahearn, Jack Ahearn, Thomas (Chelsea) Ahearn, Joseph Ahearn, Daniel (Sierrah) Knorp, Natalie (Ryan) Burger, Michael (Ashley) Ahearn, Chelsea (Donald) Myers, Matthew (Heidi) Ahearn, Shannon Ahearn, Steven (Brittany) Ahearn, Kyle (Paige) Ahearn, Kathleen Ahearn and Sophia Ahearn; and 14 great-grandchildren. Cornelius was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kathleen Knudsen; grandson, Christopher Ahearn; sisters: Ruth Metivier and Janet Payant; and brother, Dennis Ahearn.
 A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S Broadway Street, Hastings, with a visitation one hour prior.  
 In lieu of flowers, donations in Cornelius’ honor can be made to the Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave. Hastings, MI, 49058 ( or the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 805 S Jefferson St., Hastings, MI. 49058. To leave an online condolence, visit