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Andrew H. Bolander
Andrew H. Bolander, 93, of Kingsford, Mi., passed away on Saturday, May 3 at ManorCare Nursing Home.
Born Sept. 19, 1920 in Amberg, son of Rueben and Anna (Duca) Bolander, he grew up on a farm there and before the war worked in the Civilian Conservation Camps (CCC). He joined the United States Army on Sept. 8, 1942 and served during World War II with the 104th "Timberwolf" Infantry Divison, which was involved in operations in France, Belgium, Holland and Central Germany. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 2, 1946. He then married Joyce Olsen on Oct. 12, 1946 in Kingsford and she preceded him in death on April 16, 2009. He worked over 38 years for Niagara of Wisconsin Paper Company until his retirement in 1985.
A member of the Crivitz American Legion, he was an avid sports fan, enjoyed bowling, throwing horseshoes and watching sports and the Green Bay Packers. Active into his 80 's, he was a member of the Dickinson County Hospital Walking Club logging over one thousand miles annually for several years.
He is survived by his children, Tom (Shelby) Bolander, of Iron Mountain, Jeanne Bolander, of Kingsford, Debra "Duba" (Jeffrey) Bussiere, of Iron River, Gail DeClark, of Niagara and Karen (Jim) Bolander-Murphy, of Minneapolis, Mn.; brothers, Bernard Bolander, of Arizona and C.M. "Stubby" (Faye) Bolander, of Wausaukee; sisters, Clara Policello, of Crivitz and Evelyn Raygo, of Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Irene Cavalieri, of Merriman, Lenore Kosovec, of Kingsford and Joanne Hebert, of Norway; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Andrew was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay and brother, Clarence.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 8 from 11 a.m. until time of Memorial Services at noon at Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate with burial in the Quinnesec Cemetery. The Uren Cooper Johnson American Legion Post #50 will conduct military graveside services. A memorial will be established in his memory.