THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: December 22, 2020
George Vavrunek, 81, of San Diego, Ca., passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at home, surrounded by immediate family.
Born Oct. 18, 1939, to Joseph and Clarice (Sarah) Vavrunek of Marinette, he was the third child in a family of five siblings. He met the former Christine Banach in Marinette and they moved to Milwaukee in 1964 and married in 1965. They returned to Menominee in 1968 to start their family and he worked at Enstrom Helicopter for 11 years. In 1979, the family moved to San Diego where he worked at General Atomics for 32 years.
They enjoyed traveling and during their 55 years of marriage, they visited many scenic parts of the United States, the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas along with vacations in France, Sweden, Egypt, Japan, Bali and Mexico. They celebrated each wedding anniversary on the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Oahu or Kauai. He enjoyed time with family walking the beach at Torrey Pines, bike riding with his grandsons and barbecues and celebrations of holidays throughout the year. He always shared a hand to family members, neighbors and friends who had car problems or household repairs that needed attention and loved being called "Mr. Fix-it" by the neighbors. He will be missed by those who enjoyed his friendship, stories and smile.
Survivors include his wife, Christine (Banach) Vavrunek; three children, Laura (Andy Taylor), Amy (Robert Stromberg) and Steven (Ryo); two grandchildren and three siblings, Carol Walters, Delwin Vavrunek and Mary Lou (Jim) Hallfrisch.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarianne Parish.
Military honors will be held upon interment in the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. In his memory, donations are appreciated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: https://www.pancan.org/