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Louie Brunello


HURLEY, Wis. - Louie Brunello, 90, lifelong town of Kimball resident, passed away Tuesday morning, June 17, 2014, at Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hurley.

He was born in a log cabin on the family farm in Kimball Feb. 16, 1924, son of the late Frank and Mary (Nora) Brunello. He worked on and later operated the family farm until the 1960s, then worked in the plywood mill in Bessemer, Mich., until retiring in the 1970s. After retirement he continued to work part-time for the township and county for several years.

Louie assumed a caretaker role for his mother for many years at home and later in nursing homes in Ashland and Hurley, visiting her several times a week. He enjoyed traveling to visit his family in Minnesota and Texas, even going into Mexico. He flew for the first of several trips when he was 70 on a trip to California. Facing several medical issues, he had resided in Sky View Nursing Center and Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center for the past 12 years.

Surviving are two brothers, Tony (Carole), Minneapolis, and Larry (Sandy), Fort Worth, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, Louie was preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine and Josephine.

Out of respect for his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.

Rite of Committal and interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hurley.

Luncheon will be served in the parish hall immediately upon return from the cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood. Condolences may be offered online at

The family would like to thank the doctors and staffs of Sky View Nursing Center and Villa Maria Health and Rehabilitation Center for the professional and attentive care provided Louie over the past 12 years.


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