Cornelia Van Rensselaer Goebel Bronson

Obituary of Cornelia Van Rensselaer Goebel Bronson

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Baroque music lover and bibliophile Cornelia Van Rensselaer Goebel Bronson passed away on December 5th, 2021 at the age of 90 after a courageous battle with dementia. She was the daughter of Walther F. Goebel and Cornelia Robb Goebel of Greenwich, Connecticut and New York City. She leaves behind a family who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Mrs. Bronson completed her Bachelor’s degree at Radcliffe College, earning magna cum laude honors at her double major in music theory and Tudor history. After marrying Nathaniel Richardson Bronson II of Waterbury, Mrs. Bronson began work on her master’s degree in music at Colombia University and taught piano lessons until the birth of her children.  After her husband finished his medical residency in New York City the family moved to Southampton, Long Island, New York, where her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rapallo Henderson and Mr. and Mrs. James Hampden Robb, had been long time summer residents.

Dr. and Mrs. Bronson were Southhampton residents for 25 years. Mrs. Bronson took cello lessons, performed in local classical ensembles, and played the 1,000-pipe organ from the St. John’s Episcopal which had been installed in their house. Mrs. Bronson was a member of the Southampton Garden Club and helped to lead the South Fork Concert Association.  In the mid 80’s, they moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, and later Mrs. Bronson moved to Darien.

Mrs. Bronson is survived by her son Nathaniel “Tan” Richardson Bronson III (Lillian), of Vermont and her daughter Jean Henderson Bronson (Stephanie) of Virginia, her sister Anne Goebel Barkman of Montreal, three grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She leaves behind memories of her sharp wit, her love of needlepoint and cats, and her intense desire for solitude.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 12:30 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1864 Post Road in Darien, followed by a short graveside ceremony at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Stroke Association, P. O. Box 849692, Dallas, TX 7284 or  To sign the online guest book for Cornelia, please visit

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Funeral Service

12:30 pm
Thursday, December 9, 2021
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
1864 Post Road
Darien, Connecticut, United States


Oak Lawn Cemetery
1530 Bronson Road
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
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1931 - 2021

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