January 17, 1958 - May 16, 2023
Victor A. Kornis, age 65, of Maple Grove, MN passed away suddenly on May 16, 2023.
Vic was born on January 17, 1958 to Steve and Valentina Kornis in Milwaukee, WI.
After graduation from Messmer High School in 1975, he went on to earn a B.S. in Accounting, Finance and Economics from Marquette University in 1979 and a law degree from Marquette Law School in 1982.
Vic worked in the tax department of Arthur Anderson for three years after receiving his law degree. He went on to practice real estate law at Mawicke & Goisman, S.C., for the next 38 years, ascending to a senior partner.
In 1978, he met Kathy (nee, Retzlaff) at Marquette University and they married in 1980. Vic and Kathy went on to have two sons, Matthew and Brian.
Vic was preceded in death by his parents, Steve & Valentina Kornis and his brother, Bill Kornis.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; his son, Matthew, his wife Elena and their two children, William and Henry; his son, Brian, his wife Amy and their two children, Elinor and Violet; his sister, Olga Perrault; nephew, Alex (Darcy) Perrault and their children, Logan, Ember and Sam; nephew, Scott (Taz Parnell) Kornis and their children, Aaliyah and Kashis; and extended family and friends.
Vic was a person who freely gave of himself to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues; a person who loved and accepted people for exactly who they are. Anyone who knew Vic knew he was happiest when spending time with his loved ones, as evidenced by his huge smile in every family photo. When his sons, Matthew and Brian were young, Vic would wake extremely early to ensure he could be home in time to actively engage in family life, whether it be playing around the house, going on adventures, coaching youth softball, or attending bowling or wrestling matches. His love and devotion for his wife Kathy was equally obvious, a love that was strong through all phases of life. As time passed, Vic welcomed his two daughters-in-law Amy and Elena and embraced them as the daughters he never had. Vic was perhaps most passionate about spending time with his four grandchildren, whom he showered with love. Vic was in his element playing with his grandchildren, happily following them in pursuit of any activity they desired. Whether proudly wearing a homemade necklace, catching frogs, turtles or other critters, going for boat or kayak rides, hunting for rocks or shells, or playing at the beach, any observer could see a man who was a kid at heart, exuding pride, happiness, and joy.
Outside of family, Vic was passionate about nature and the great outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, taking in early morning sunrises, swimming and snorkeling, and vacationing to many national parks. He was an avid fisherman, easily recognizable in his trusty yellow kayak, who ascended to legend among other anglers (well known on Lake-Link.com) on Big Muskego, Afterglow, and Weaver Lakes. He always practiced catch-and-release, as for Vic the connection with the natural world was the true value of his hobby.
There is nothing Vic gave more thought, energy, attention, and love to than being a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. He was an honest and open-minded man, and a role model for his entire family. His devotion to his family was beyond compare. His loss will be deeply and eternally felt by all who love him.
A Celebration of Life Party will be held on June 10th starting at 9:30 AM at the Embassy Suites located at 1200 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005. Vic abhorred formal attire (he took great pleasure in ascending high enough in his firm to wear polo shirts instead of suits), and thus casual attire is encouraged (please, NO SUITS!)
Vic enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, and national parks, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the National Wildlife Federation or National Parks Conservation Association in Vic's name if you so choose.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 10, 2023
1200 S Moorland Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005