THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Leroy N. Floriano
Issue Date: November 13, 2013
Leroy N. (Lee) Floriano, 95, of Crystal Falls, Mi. passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.
Born on Christmas Day in 1917, in Hermansville, to the late Emilio and Augusta (Scholtz) Floriano, on June 7, 1941, he married his sweetheart, Genevieve (Sutherland) in Hermansville.
He grew up in Hermansville and after graduation attended St. Norbert College. As a senior, he received St. Norberts first Most Valuable Athlete award and in 1988, was inducted into the St. Norbert Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon graduation in 1941, he was immediately activated for duty in World War II and from 1941 until 1945 served overseas as a member of the Ninth Infantry Division. He received the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge, six Campaign Stars and was discharged with the rank of Major. He then became a teacher in Hermansville and later in Coleman, retiring in 1979. A member of the First Methodist Church, he was an avid sportsman, a gentleman to all and a devoted family man.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Genevieve; three sons, Bob (Cheryl), of Anderson, Mo., Jim (Kathy), of Land O Lakes and John (Terri), of Gaastra, Mi.; two sisters, Lois Adams and Carol (Leonard) Miller, both of South Milwaukee; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings, Frederick Dusterhoft, Marion Manning, Eva Burazin and Irene Taschner.
Friends called from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (CST) Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding with the Floriano Stecker American Legion Post #340 rites at 10 a.m. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held following the visitation at 11 a.m. (CST) at the United Methodist Church in Hermansville with Pastor Chris Bergquist officiating. A luncheon followed in the Floriano Stecker American Legion Post #340 Hall in Hermansville. Burial took place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Escanaba.