THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Jerome Jerry LaChapell, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20 at Woodland Nursing Home of Gillett, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Goodman on Dec. 26, 1923 to Andrew and Frances (Burdick) LaChapell, sr., he attended Goodman High School, where he was a very accomplished boxer earning the nickname Smokin J. LaChapell.
He later enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an apprentice seaman. In 1941 he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked in the Truck Trail Construction. When he returned to Goodman he married the love of his life, Cecelia Pizinski on May 12, 1944.
He started his working career at Bendix Aviation in Wayne, Mi. and moved to Armstrong Creek in 1946, where the couple took over the operation of the Pizinski Family Farm. He also worked full time for the Goodman Lumber Company as a logger and later a bulldozer operator on their road maintenance crew for 30 years. He was a self taught mechanic and worked during spring break-up periods for A.J. Bousley Trucking Co. and ended his working career as an equipment operator and mechanic for the Wild Rivers Whitetail Deer Farm.
He had many interests, but being outdoors was his passion, hunting, trapping, fishing and working. He also loved music, playing the guitar with a band called Al Bousley and the Polka Kings, alongside his daughter, Carnell. He also played guitar in the church choir, where he was a member for nine years. But most of all he enjoyed being with his family. He was a member of the local American Legion and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Armstrong Creek.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Cecelia; children, Bill (Ann) of Oconto Falls, Marie (Joe) of Alpha, N.J. and Linda (friend, Richard) and Jim (Carla), both of Goodman; a sister, Joyce (Ken) of Niagara and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carnell; his parents, Andrew, sr. and Francis; three brothers, Andrew, jr., Frank and Allen and a sister, Edna.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Armstrong Creek from 9 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Paul Koszarek officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Armstrong Creek. Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family.