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Chad Matthew Corona March 18, 1979 - November 25, 2018

Chad Matthew Corona

March 1979 ~ November 2018_x000D_
Chad died at home from stomach cancer after kicking cancer’s butt for the last two years.  He was 39.  He never gave up and he never lost his glorious smile.  With Chad’s incredible optimism, he was probably shocked to realize he had actually left this world, but he most certainly was delighted to find himself face to face with his dear Savior, Jesus Christ, who had sustained him through it all.  He shared his faith with so many on this dreadful cancer journey, that many hearts were touched by his testimony.

Chad leaves behind his two beloved little girls, Katie Jane, 9, and Natalie Rose, 6.  They were the light of his life and he was so proud of them.  He also leaves behind his favorite sister, Carrie Brass (Brian), who took wonderful care of her little brother.  She held him in her arms as he took his last breath.  Chad is also survived by his parents, Larry and Pat Corona, as well as nephews Matthew Gonzalez and Brandon Brass and his niece Abigail Brass, all of Modesto.

Chad graduated from Beyer High School, a minor miracle in itself, praise God.  Three days later he started work at Larry Corona Construction and over the last 20 years he built lasting relationships with many clients who treasured him.

Chad was an avid golfer, snow boarder and wake boarder.  He usually saved his best wake board tricks until there was a boat with girls close by.  Can’t blame him.  Chad had a charismatic personality and a delightful sense of humor.  He made many friends at Kaiser Oncology during his 50 rounds of chemo.  He received loving care, even if the nurses wouldn’t go out with him!  Special thanks to Dr. Pickell.

Chad loved the Lord and his church family at Shelter Cove Church.  We praise God for the time we had with him.

Funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10AM at Shelter Cove Church, 4242 Coffee Rd., Modesto, CA. Burial will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 11AM at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Rd., Escalon, CA.


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  1. Dan Onorato says

    Dear Larry, Pat, and Carrie,
    On Kriya’s behalf and from our own hearts, we send you our loving prayers and appreciation for Chad’s rare upbeat spirit and unforgettable smile. We’re thankful we saw him and you at the memorial celebration for Royal Robbins. Chad’s positive spirit, despite his stage 4 status, and his wholesome acceptance of his limited future, were extraordinary. When he spoke of his daughters, his pride and love were transparent and touching.

    We keep you in our hearts and prayer as you feel his absence.
    Dan & Mary Alice Onorato & Kriya Onorato

  2. Elisabet Whalen says

    Dear Larry, Pat and Carrie,
    I was so sad when Emily told me about Chad. Since then, I have been thinking a lot about him and you and decided to send you my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss and i am also thinking about his little girls.
    Lis Whalen

  3. Belinda says

    I was a home health nurse for Chad and I was always amazed by his attitude… my nursing visits with him were brief but I never saw him with a frown or a tear, and never even heard a negative comment from him. I often wondered how he could be so brave through all that he was going through. I always noticed his smile… he was often smiling, even through the constant pain. I’ll never forget seeing him right after he had taken a pizza out of the oven for his little girls when he must have been so weak and in pain… and couldn’t eat any of it. It was a pleasure to know him and I admired him for the example he set. Rest in peace dear Chad. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of his friends and family.

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