"Sunday Morning" by William T. Zivic

Dedicated to Family & Friends who are no longer with us
Marian S. Engebretsen Roach In Loving Memory of our
Beloved Mother & Grandmother

Marion S. Engebretsen Roach
September 21, 1907 -
February 16, 2005

We miss you, Nanna!

Paul A. "Pat" Thomas In Memory
of a dear friend

Paul A. "Pat" Thomas

December 10, 1922 -
June 16, 2005

Memories of Pat by Bill Zivic...

A dear friend, Pat Thomas recently passed away and brought back fond memories of our adventures together.

I first met Pat and his wife Virginia in 1948 in Ironwood, Michigan. Pat and I were very much into hunting and fishing and became good friends. I could write volumes about my exploits with this fine man. An ex-Marine, fear was not in him and his abilities as a hunter are legendary.

In the forests of Upper Michigan, we experienced more contacts with wild animals than most people only dream of. Pat was the kind of person that could go into any wilderness and live off the land. One hundred years ago, he would have been a mountain man or scout. There wasn't anything he couldn't or wouldn't do when it came to living in a forest. I learned more from him than any other person in my life.

I once saw him retrieve a shot goose by breaking ice and wading chest deep in freezing water. He never wasted wild game and we ate everything including skunks and porcupines.

He was a philosopher and storyteller with a good sense of humor and I shall miss him very much.

Goodbye old friend, and may the trail in heaven be as great as the one we traveled together years ago.

Bill Zivic
June 2005
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Bernard L. "Barney" Kurta In Memory
of a longtime friend
since childhood

Bernard L. "Barney" Kurta

September 6, 1930 -
May 15, 2008

Barney was just 6 days younger than Bill
(Bill born on August 31, 1930)
ERWIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Bernard L. "Barney" Kurta, 77, of Erwin Township passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, May 15, 2008, in Marquette.

He was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Ironwood, son of the late Michael and Justine (Kovales) Kurta Sr. He attended Ironwood schools and began working at Lutey's Flower Shop at the age of 16 as a grower.

During the Korean Conflict, Barney served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 20, 1951, until Oct. 28, 1953. He was a military police guard at the prison of war camp and was decorated with the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. Barney saved a fellow soldier's life by pulling him to safety in a foxhole, losing only a heel of his boot.

On Oct. 19, 1957, he was married to the former Betty Ann Strand at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood. In 2007, they celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Locally, Barney was employed by Betty's father and brother, Wallace Strand and Son Builders, Rays Flowers and Greenhouse and Hyman Michaels Iron and Metal Company of Duluth. He dismantled all the mines from Gile, Wis., Ironwood, Iron River to the Copper Country and Canada. He also worked for Superior American Homes in Hurley.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, liked sports and the Green Bay Packers, he enjoyed feeding the birds, flowers and wildlife. He also enjoyed dancing and loved his cat Kitsy. He was a member of the VFW Post 1823 of Ironwood.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son, Jeffery Kurta of Bessemer; three sisters, Dorothy O'Leary, Marian Butson and Jean (Marvin) Maki; two brothers, Michael (Dolores) Kurta Jr. and Dennis "Louie" (Theresa) Kurta; sister-in-law, Jean Yurchak and family; aunts, Gladys Lind, Hilda Polso and Josephine Kurta; many nieces and nephews; and childhood friends, Bill Zivic and Charlie Hautamaki.

Cremation has taken place at the Range Crematory in Hurley.

Graveside funeral services with military rites will be held in the American Legion Section of the Riverside Cemetery on Wednesday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 5 of Ironwood.

Range Funeral Service and Crematory of Ironwood and Hurley is in charge of arrangements.
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