Michael L. Kornberger

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August 17, 1957 - June 22, 2020
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Michael L. Kornberger of Saint Peters, MO, passed away at the age of 62 on Monday, June 22, 2020. He is survived by his children, Michael Kornberger, Jr., Kelly Jozefowski, Alfred (Amanda) Kornberger, Patricia (David Spencer) Baker, Bernadette Kornberger, Hunter Kornberger; his stepchildren, Amber (Michael) Soots, Lauren Asbridge, Ashley Forsythe, and Paris Asbridge; his grandchildren, Anna Bramblett, Patrick Jozefowski, Marlee Kornberger, Anthony Kornberger, John Kornberger, Kyle Kornberger, Mya Cineus, Tyler Cineus, Morgan Weachter, Hayden Spencer, Madison Soots, Caleb Soots, Ashton Soots, Hadleigh Forsythe, and Zoey Forsythe; his ex-wife, Diane Kornberger; his siblings, Erica (Ray) Wahl, Stanley (Debbie) Gingo, and Alfred Kornberger; and his beloved German Shepherd, Heidi Kornberger.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Patricia Kornberger.

Michael enjoyed a successful career as a mechanic for American Airlines (formerly TWA) for over 35 years and volunteered for Wings of Hope – a nonprofit aviation organization dedicating to saving and changing lives. He was always the most fun-loving guy in the room and his great personality made him a best friend to everyone. Whenever anyone needed help, Michael was there to lend a hand. Maui was his favorite vacation destination and Michael was constantly looking forward to the trips he and his family would take there. Above everything, Michael loved his children and grandchildren and deeply cherished the memories they all made together over the years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial contributions in Michael’s name may be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.

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  1. JEANNE Lasher June 23, 2020 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Sooo sad to hear about Mike. Worked with him at TWA for many years. Fixed my car all the time. Great guy. May he rest in peace🙏😢

    • Vic Dell Aira December 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      You were always nice Jeany..I always liked Mike alot and thought of him more recently this year and decided to finally look him up..

      I found out today about his passing..He was like a brother to me..always laughing and joking especially while we played cards and always there to help others..

      Life is a vacation from the boredom of immortality.. A very short vacation.. Till we meet again,, rest in peace my friend..

  2. Leslie Conners June 23, 2020 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    candle 3My sincerest condolences are with the family, especially all of Michael’s children and grand children. His legacy will forever live on within all of them. I will forever cherish all the many memories I have of this extraordinary man over the years. My love to all of you 💜

  3. David Beck June 23, 2020 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    candle 1Love you mike your greatly missed .

  4. Teresa Colangelo June 23, 2020 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    candle 3Dear Michael,it’s been a long time since I spoke to you but I remember the good old days in Middle Village.lots of good memories.RIP

  5. Leighann Kornberger June 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    candle 1A lifetime of great memories. I am deeply sad but you will always be in my heart and and thoughts

  6. David Reeves June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your list, will miss him, he was good people.

    • Donna and fred kneifer June 26, 2020 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Mike, what can we say after 44yrs of friendship. Really a strong bond that could never be broken . Even though your gone the stories we have of all we’ve shared and things we’ve gone through will keep you alive in our hearts forever. FOREVER.! Good times, hard times, redicuously funny times. You were our best friend, our family. Loved you so very much. Still can’t believe your gone. We will talk about you often . So many memories. You were the best.

  7. Donna Fairley June 23, 2020 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Dear Al and Amanda and family I am truly sorry to hear about Mike may God help you through this sad time nothings worse than losing a father I will keep all of you in my prayers Love Always Donna Dave Diva

  8. Alex J June 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your lost. Your Dad was a great man!

  9. Joseph Ditter June 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    candle 8Sorry for your loss. Al and Amanda are like family to us and we will keep the whole family in our prayers.

  10. "Danny Boy" Sherman June 23, 2020 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    candle 8Gone too soon brother. Will never forget our tight friendship and the countless times your generosity shined helping this neighbor build a deck, fix a car, install a toilet, and tons of other maintenance related tasks you executed flawlessly. I will always shed a tear hearing our song “My Way” by Sinatra and eating your favorites, Milky Way bars and guacamole. Rest in Peace my friend. I will miss u immensely.✌🗽💙😢🍻

    • Dianne Kornberger June 24, 2020 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Sweetheart I miss you so much.I will cherish our last times togeather.You did everything and anything for me and the kids. I LOVE YOU .

  11. Janice Heinemann Bentley June 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I am very sorry to hear this news. Mike will be missed by many. My condolences.

  12. Linda Baltusis June 23, 2020 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    candle 8Mike,
    I can sit here and write for days of the days from 1982 and on where we all made great memories. The best stories are when you all moved in over us in Middle Village. You and the landlord stories are the best, we could always look back at those days and laugh. We had some great times and I’m thankful of those memories. Rest easy my friend, Fred & Barbara are there to welcome you, oh how I miss them. You’ve raised great kids, hoping we’ll see them again soon so that I can just hug them. I know how hard this is for them, they all loved you so much ❤️❤️ Until one day we’ll meet again, rest peacefully

  13. Ronnie Colyer June 23, 2020 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    candle 7My heart goes out to the family. Mike was a good worker for me at AA DFW and an awesome friend.
    Rest in peace my friend and we’ll all see you in the hear after.

  14. Kristine Schmittgens June 24, 2020 at 1:11 am - Reply

    candle 3Mike, all of us here at work (SLMPD) are thinking about you and your family during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your father was taken way too soon. We’re here for you! RIP Mr. Kornberger. You will be missed but never forgotten!

  15. L Zeke Williams June 24, 2020 at 4:24 am - Reply

    candle 8My condolences sorry for your loss praying that god give your family strength and comfort, Mike was a nice and fun young man to work with enjoyed the ride RIH Mike!

  16. Tony Rubino June 24, 2020 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family, friends, and co-workers during this time. Mike was a great guy and a great mech and will be missed here in DFW GSE.

  17. Antonello Davi AA GSE Manager June 24, 2020 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers to Mike and all his family members. I worked alongside Mike when we were restoring tractors for AA in STL and his limited time spent in DFW.

  18. Ivan Basham June 24, 2020 at 8:27 am - Reply

    candle 8my condolences to the family! Mike was always a joy to work around!!!

  19. Cory Hanstein June 24, 2020 at 8:27 am - Reply

    candle 8Mike, my trips over to Truck’s house to hang with you guys won’t be the same. I hope you’re resting comfortably and are brightening someone’s life somewhere. RIP my friend. Gone too soon.

  20. Tiffany Villar June 24, 2020 at 10:42 am - Reply

    candle 8My condolences to Mike’s family and friends. We have missed him in DFW, but wish him peace. May your family continue to find solace in all the lovely memories you have of your time together.

  21. Scott Fitzgerald June 24, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

    My condolences to Mike’s Family.
    I had the pleasure of working with Mike recently in St. Louis. He was a valuable member of the team and a fantastic personality in the shop. He will be greatly missed.

  22. Dan & Pam Sherman June 24, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy to the Kornberger family, especially Diane and Hunter, for the loss of a most beloved man. As a close friend of our son, we got to know Mike well during our visits to St. Peters. He was an outgoing caring man, and had a major impact in the lives of our son and his family. May he Rest In Peace.

  23. Kelly Jozefowski June 24, 2020 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    candle 1Dad, I miss you. I’ll always miss you.

  24. Kelly Jozefowski June 24, 2020 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    candle 1I love you Dad. I’ll always miss you.

  25. Eileen Tine Maxim June 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    candle 2My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  26. Suzanne (Yocum) Gladwin June 24, 2020 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    candle 2So very sorry for the loss of your dad, I knew him from TWA days, always friendly to me, he was a great friend to many, may he Rest In Peace, and May God help your family get through this most difficult time

  27. Debra Kornberger Duboux June 24, 2020 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    candle 2Michel My prayer are with the family on this difficult time. we had always said we would get together, Rest In Peace my cousin!

  28. Debra Kornberger Duboux June 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    candle 2So sorry for your lose, we had always said we would get together. Rest in peace Micheal .

  29. James Klein June 25, 2020 at 10:17 am - Reply

    candle 7Worked with Mike on gate 34 when he first came to St. Louis. What a mad man to work with, it was good times. Rip Mike. Pete Klein.

  30. Bonita Dencker June 25, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

    candle 2What a good father and friend to all ,rest in peace and know you will always be remembered 💔💖

  31. Susan Emmerich June 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am saddened to learn of the death of your loved one. Michael was a sweetheart of a man. It was my pleasure to serve him at Shop and Save (St. Peters) over the years. There were many interesting conversations and he was always smiling. I offer my deepest sympathy to all of you and will add you to my prayers for the days ahead.

  32. Shiela Bachtell June 25, 2020 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    It was always great to see you at work. You never ceased to make me happy and laugh. I, along with many others will miss you terribly. RIP my friend

  33. Beverly Payton June 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    candle 5Mike was a great brother in law, a good father to his kids & helped my sister out whenever duty called. We will miss him! My condolences to his family. RIP Mike.

  34. Donna and fred kneifer June 26, 2020 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Mike, what can we say after 44yrs of friendship. Really a strong bond that could never be broken . Even though your gone the stories we have of all we’ve shared and things we’ve gone through will keep you alive in our hearts forever. FOREVER.! Good times, hard times, redicuously funny times. You were our best friend, our family. Loved you so very much. Still can’t believe your gone. We will talk about you often . So many memories. You were the best.

  35. Alice, Dwight grau June 26, 2020 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Mike was a great guy, would always work on our cars when needed,loved our 3 trip’s to Maui with you

    • Sharon McGushin (Kneifer) June 26, 2020 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      You were my parents best friend for many years (Donna and Fred) since before I was born. You were like family to us. As my sister said we considered you more like an Uncle. Lots of great memories through the years that we will always treasure . Our family will miss you dearly. Rest in peace

  36. Melissa Brinker June 26, 2020 at 11:24 am - Reply

    candle 1I’ve been trying to think of what to say…..but words can’t describe the pain me and the kids are feeling…..We love you so much and miss you so much!Our hearts are broken…….You were a great man/grandfather and we are heartbroken!We will cherish every memory and moment we had with you!You will forever hold a special place in our hearts!Your family is always in our thoughts and prayers!You are now our guardian angel!Fly high Until we meet again!We love you
    Melissa,Marlee, Anthony,andJohn

  37. Samantha Kneifer June 26, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

    You meant a lot to our family. So much so that we considered you our Uncle Mike for as long as I can remember. The memory that stands out the most is when you used to leave change in our couch cushions for my brother and I to find whenever you stayed with us. I’m sure most of that was on purpose. 🙂 You will be missed by many. May you Rest in peace.

  38. Paris Asbridge June 26, 2020 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    candle 5   My little brother was kindly taking me home yesterday around 4:30 and a Bald Eagle at one point was flying directly over his car perfectly in sync with his speed. This hits a spot that is so bittersweet I can taste the nectar God provides our soul by allowing our loved ones he takes, sometimes before their time and no matter the circumstances, too soon for us here left with out them, to show us they are not gone.
       Knowing loss and the grief associated with being forced to mourn someone you truly love is something that we all encounter at some point in life. Life is hard already and then to go through things like this so suddenly or even when you have “enough” time to “say goodbyes”. There is no ocean deep enough, mountain high to define and weigh the amount of hurt and anger you feel.
       This Eagle was there for a reason and I truly believe Mike was in his wingspan, trying to keep up with my heavy footed little brother. 😘😘 He was in his eyes watching over him, which he will continue to do FOREVER. He was in his beautiful grin and was smiling because he is in a position of no pain, suffering, sadness or hate. He is free of burden and can become a freaking Eagle.. If you think of it like that. Either way he is soaring above you Hunter and you Bernadette. He is sitting beside you Mom. He is watching over all his children and his grandchildren every second now. You can still hear his heart song, his breath when you step outside on a quiet day and you can Damn sure feel the love and friendship he made everyone who knows him know. And I mean it he made you feel it. His presence consumes wherever he is. And that doesn’t just fade away it will be with us forever. He will not let us down. He will not let one day go by that he doesn’t fill each and everyone that he loves hearts with gladness and joy. Silly and legendary memories and stories to last our lifetimes. We miss him and remember him for everything he was. And that was and is Awesome. He is awesome.

  39. Brenda Huie June 28, 2020 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    candle 1My condolences to the entire family. I have been friends with Mike for over 20 years. He was one of the most sweetest, kindest men you could ever hope to be your friend. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for anyone. He taught my son a lot of
    hands-on mechanic work. He saved my son’s life. I will miss you so much Mike. Anytime you saw me you would always stop and talk and see how I was doing. We will all miss your smiling face, your friendship, your laugh, your sense of humor and the way you lit up the room from the time you entered until the time you left. RIP my Friend, Gone but NEVER forgotten.

  40. Dean Neunaber June 29, 2020 at 7:26 am - Reply

    candle 8I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good person and hard worker. He will be missed. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  41. Eileen June 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    candle 1Dear Mike
    You will be missed.. Thank you for the good times! I am still in shock over your sudden sickness.
    You have done one hell of a job with your children and grandchildren… Can you please do Me a favor? Please give my mom a hug and kiss on her cheek for me..
    Thank you
    Love you, until we meet again

  42. Lori Plawski July 1, 2020 at 10:41 am - Reply

    candle 7Such a kind, sweet and funny man. Glad I could call you friend. You will be missed sir. ❤️😢

  43. Ruth Pancoast August 3, 2020 at 7:16 am - Reply

    candle 5Kornberger Kids,
    Another good guy taken too soon. So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in my thoughts and remember that he will live on in your hearts forever.
    Take care everyone.

    • Kelly Kornberger Jozefowski August 11, 2020 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Aunt Ruthie!

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