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Douglas L. Cornforth

September 2, 2021 | 40 comments

Douglas L. Cornforth, 60, of Onalaska, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse.

He was born on September 23, 1960 to Dale and Deanna Cornforth. He married Holly Cornforth on November 14, 1987 in La Crosse, WI.

Growing up he enjoyed hunting, shooting archery, golfing, and playing billiards. He graduated from LaCrescent High School in 1978, and he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University. He found his passion working in the pool & spa industry. He dedicated over 40 years of his life to this career working for local small businesses including Paradise Pool & Spa and most currently Sebesta Pool & Spa. He enjoyed getting to know his customers and building life-long relationships over the years. He had a special bond with his co-workers as he considered them family. He took pride in being “Mr. Fix-it”. Anything in and outside of the home he could fix. Outside of work he enjoyed spending time with his wife, their two children, and Gus the Goldendoodle. He was always up for a weekend road trip and made sure to be in the stands at every sporting event for his kids. On Sundays, you could find him cheering on the Vikings. He enjoyed spending summers with the family up north. He looked forward to cooking and grilling for his family. He took pride in hosting holiday gatherings. Everyone especially looked forward to his famous, homemade ice cream. Doug will be missed dearly by those who were lucky enough to get to know him.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Holly Cornforth, children Sarah (Jonathan) Powell, Samuel Cornforth, parents Dale and Deanna Cornforth, Father-in-Law Clarence Rochester, siblings David Cornforth, Darcey (Lyle) Lemke, paternal grandmother Delores Cornforth, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Odin and Dorothy Gaustad, Paternal Grandfather William Cornforth, and Mother-in-Law Joanne Rochester.

Thank you to the wonderful team of doctors, nurses, CNAs, and other healthcare staff in Critical Care, Neurosciences, and inpatient rehab units.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at The Gathering Place at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. Pastor Jason Stanton will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of services at the funeral home. In keeping with CDC recommended guidelines masks will be required for all those in attendance.




  1. Meme Mihalovic

    Sending love to you ahollu, Sam,Sarah, and Johnny. Holly when and if you need to talk. I’m here to listen
    Love and hugs to you all

  2. Loren and Linda Rochester

    So sorry for your loss Hollie! Life is too short!

  3. Leslie Roth

    Our hearts are heavy along with yours. He was such a fun guy. May you find peace in the memories you made together.

    The Roths
    Steve, Leslie, Shane

  4. Deb Fullwood

    Holly, I am so sorry to hear this. I was floored when Pastor Scott talked about it in church the day after Sarah’s wedding. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask.

  5. Maureen “Mo” Rouse

    Oh Holly and family, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news! I loved working with Doug at Lutheran Hospital and visiting when he’d come to repair my hot tub!
    He will be missed!
    Sending my sympathies and hugs!

    • Flock Family

      Holly and family,
      Doug is going to be missed so very much, especially in our neighborhood.
      We hope you find the time with family and friends comforting for the huge loss you are experiencing.
      We love you all!

  6. Paul and Heather Larsen

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. We are thinking of you.

  7. Lance Dechant

    My condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Mary & Bill Bailey

    Our Deepest sympathies Holly, Sarah and Sam.

  9. Terri Thibeault

    Praying for you all during this ver difficult time. Hoping you will find comfort in each other and allow time for your hearts to heal from this loss.
    Friend of Shasta Powell,
    The Thibeault Family

  10. Sue Ann

    Holly, I am so sorry for this season that has come early. I do know this, God is close to the brokenhearted and He collects every tear. They are precious to Him. I love how your husband loved his family. That is truly a gift that will be passed on to all generations. Our prayers go forth for you and your family. May you feel the presence of God carrying you today. Love, Sue Ann (Rochester) Llewellyn and Chris

  11. Barb Erickson

    Our hearts are with you all at this hard time.
    Dave and Barb Erickson

  12. Angela Roloson

    I am so sorry, Holly and > am thinking of you and your kids. Doug was one of the good guys.

  13. Pat Abraham

    Awesome husband and dad!
    Our deepest sympathy!
    Great conversations and memories we shared with you all. Love

    Jeff & Pat Abraham

  14. Kim Earll

    Very sorry for your loss Cornforths!! A wonderful man who raised a beautiful family with a wonderful wife!

  15. Darla Severtson

    I am so sorry to hear of Dougs passing.He was the man to go to for any pool problems. He did make all of his costumers feel like family. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Doug and many thoughts and prayers for Holly and family.

  16. Ken & Jeanne Bagniefski

    Very sorry for your loss of Doug. We looked forward to seeing him every spring and fall. I always had a snickerdoodle cookie or muffin ready to give him. He was one of the nicest people we knew and will miss his visits.


      Our prayers to all of your family. Doug was an amazing person. I will miss him coming to our home to fix our pool and start it up. He would fix any issue so quick.
      Remember all the good memories.
      The Moores from Lacrescent

  17. Chris Kerbaugh

    I am very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was a great guy that was a pleasure to know.

  18. Deb and Joe Mirasola

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cornforth family. Doug was truly a wonderful guy and very proud of his family. We were blessed to have known him. Our deepest sympathy…

  19. Annette Friedewald

    My sympathy to the Cornforth Family. Doug was one of those people I will remember with a smile. I am thankful to have known him.

    • Sonya Mahlum

      So sorry for your loss. God’s peace to you and your family. Rob, Sonya & Brett Mahlum

  20. Robin Melby

    Doug had a way of turning customers into friends. He was a great guy who brought smiles wherever he went. Extending my deepest sympathies to his loved ones…

    Robin Melby

  21. Barbara M Galarce

    I am so sorry to hear of Doug passing. My sympathy to all the Cornforth Family.

  22. Tom and Debbi Davy

    I remember Doug from the many years of fixing our hot tub. Great guy. Surprised to read of his passing. Condolences to his family.

  23. Lynda Evers

    Prayers to you Holly and the family in the loss of your loved one. May all your sweet memories lessen your pain and grief.

  24. Sue Riesing

    Holly, so sorry to hear this. You always spoke about Doug with such love and pride. May the memories you made together be a comfort of a life well lived.

  25. Cathie Maddy

    Holly, I’m so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel our love and support during this difficult time. Hugs to you.

  26. JJ & Rick Koss

    We are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. Our thought are with you! Rick always loved chatting with Doug when he’d come over to service the pool. God be with you all in this time of need.

  27. David & Karen Boardman

    Hollies & family I was a classmate of Darcy in high-school. I’ve met you & Doug before at Trinity & I live on the Prairie. I want you to know there is nothing I can say except I’m so sorry and may the wonderful memories you had together help comfort you in the coming days. May God be with you & your family . Doug is now with our Lord & Savior in God’s glorious kingdom.

  28. Lauren Norgaard

    Our heartfelt sympathies to your entire family. Thoughts and prayers to you over this difficult time.

  29. Paul Sampson

    We have known Doug since 1987 and saw him many times over the summer seasons. We had many conversations around the pool about family and life events over the years. He was a great guy and a professional in his trade.. we will miss him and offer our best wishes to Holly and the entire Cornforth Family.

  30. Kate Marler

    Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss.
    My heart goes out to you and your family,
    Kate Marler

  31. Richard Foster

    My sincere condolences to the family! Me and Doug spent a lot of time together in our youth, in school and after, playing pool, tooling around in his old Ford Pickup, and always trying to scrape up a few dollars to put gas in the tank. We were always running on “E” it seemed. I have a lot of good memories of those times. We had a lot of fun together and I miss his laugh and sense of humor. He was a great guy and came from a great family. I’m so glad that he found a happy family life with Holly and his two children. God Bless you all!

  32. Sue Lee

    So sorry for your loss, Holly. I remember admiring your wedding picture when we worked on 2 West. Much sympathy to you and your family. ❤️

  33. Randy Fricke

    Please accept my condolences on Doug’s passing.

  34. David & Suzanne Frey

    Sincere condolences to your and you family !

  35. Sue & Ted Mutzner

    So sorry for your loss Holly! Doug was a great guy, still remember him at all the baseball games! My heart goes out to you, Sarah, Sam and his parents!

  36. Robin George

    Holly, Sarah & Sam,
    May you feel his presence with you every where you go. When I think of Doug I think of smiles, laughter & love for his family. Please know you are all in our hearts and we’re sending you strength and courage during these days. Love, Robin & Brian George

  37. kathy110958@gmail.com

    I was so shocked and sorry to hear about Doug’s death. He had taken care of our pool for many many years. He was always so easy to talk to and helpful. My thoughts are with his family.


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