THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Florence Drella, 93, formerly of Krakow, passed away in her sleep Thursday morning, Feb. 20 at a Green Bay hospital four days before her 94th birthday.
Born Feb. 24, 1920, daughter of John and Veronica (Drewiske) Maternoski, in the Town of Glenmore, the family moved to the Town of Chase when she was a child. On June 28, 1941, she married Raymond P. Drella at St. Joseph Church there. The couple farmed in the Town of Chase until 1969, at which time they moved to the 'big house on the highway.' She and her sister, Angie, cooked at the Franciscan Friary in Pulaski for many years.
An active member of St. Casimir Parish in Krakow, she was a member and past-President of the Altar-Rosary Society and enjoyed sewing, playing cards, gardening, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include a son, Dave (Carol) Drella, Krakow; daughters, Audrey (Gordon) Aprill, Morgan and Rose (Roger) Wirtz, all of Krakow, Virge Luepke, of Marinette, Terry (Jerry) Denissen, Green Valley and Ruth (Brian) Hoppe, Iola; 14 grandchildren: two step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother; Richard (Irene) Maternoski; a sister, Verna Milewski, Seymour; nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray on Oct. 26, 2005; an infant daughter; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo (Dolores), Albin and Norb (Marie) Maternoski; two sisters and three brothers-in-law: Angie (Harold) Blaser, Margaret (Stanley) Wojcik, and Ray Milewski and Ray's brother, Urban (Marcella) Drella.
Friends called at St. Casimir Church, Krakow, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral mass at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 with Fr. Bob Konkol, O.F.M. presiding. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in spring.