THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William K. VanPembrook, Sr., 77, of Niagara, died Sunday, Jan. 19, at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kingsford, Mich.
Born Feb. 4, 1936, in Aurora, son of the late August and Grace VanPembrook, he grew up in Aurora and graduated from Kingsford High School. He worked at the Niagara Paper Mill as a calendar/ machine operator retiring in 1999, at the age of 62. He took great pride working for the union, serving as president for the paper mill, and enjoyed spending time at camp, remodeling it through the years and then making it their retirement home. For 22 years, he and his wife attended the Country Music Festival in Porterfield.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Toni; four sons, William Jumbo VanPembrook (Raissa Clarkson), and Craig (Juli) VanPembrook, all of Kingsford, Mich., Terry (Mary) VanPembrook, Iron Mountain, Mich., Kevin (Tammy) VanPembrook, Neenah; two sisters, Bonnie (Bill) Caviani, New Berlin and Pat (Roger) Baravetto, Iron Mountain; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janice.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. The Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, is serving the family.