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Walter Wentela, Jr.
Former Pembine resident, William Walter Wentela, jr., 81, died in Coldspring, Tex. on Friday, Jan. 11.
The son of the late William and Selma Wentela, Sr. was born in Green Bay on Sept. 8, 1926.
He served in the United States Army during World War II and was a longtime depot operator and telegrapher for the Milwaukee Road in Pembine. In the 1940s and 50s he was also a tavern keeper, being the proprietor of the North Club and Bills Bar. He was one of the founders of Midwest Plastics in Pembine and later EPS Laminators in Peshtigo. In his spare time he coached youth baseball and later sponsored adult softball teams.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Jeri) Hanson; a son, Kerry Wentela a sister, Betty Tobin; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, his wife, Myrtle Wentela and a son, Kenneth Wentela preceded him in death.
Graveside services were conducted on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Elba, Ala.