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Lenore Ursula Pawlak


IRONWOOD, Mich. - Lenore Ursula Pawlak, 85, of Ironwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, with her loving family by her side.

The former Lenore Dary was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Walter and Regina (Sokolowski) Dary, attended St. Mary's Grade School in Hurley, Wis., and graduated from Lincoln High School there in 1946. Furthering her education at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Chicago, Lenore became a registered nurse in 1949 and was employed as a surgical nurse at Grand View Hospital. She then took time off to raise her family and also did some private duty nursing. She resumed working full-time at the Grand View in 1959, retiring as director of nursing in 1985.

Lenore was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood and the former St. Michael's Catholic Church and its choir. She was also formerly active in the local Red Cross Blood Drive, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge and following her grandchildren in all of their activities.

She was married to Raymond Pawlak on Sept. 2, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, by the late Monsignor Michael Prock. Ray preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2009.

Surviving are two sons, David (Jane) and James (Therese), both of Ironwood; a daughter, Terry (John) Trolla, Hurley; six grandchildren, Lindsay (Derek) Potter, DeForrest, Wis., Jay (Heather) Pawlak, Ironwood, Anthony (Tracy) Trolla, Hurley, Tracey (Andrew) Leiphart, Ironwood, Gillian Pawlak (fiance Andrew Rotsch), Rogers, Ark., and Michael (Caitlin) Pawlak, Chicago; seven great-grandchildren, Audra, Mikayla, Jaxson, Zoe, Maddox, Emily and Branden; a brother, Stanley Dary, and sister, Elizabeth LaBlanc, both of Milwaukee; sisters-in-law, Kay Pawlak, Ironwood, and Sylvia Dary, Ironwood Township; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Lenore was preceded in death by a brother, William Dary; and sister, Louise Egan.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation in the St. Joseph Family Room at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Peace Church in Ironwood, with the Rev. Michael Hayden, celebrant.

Rite of Committal will take place in the St. Joseph Family Room at the church, with luncheon to follow in the parish hall.

Private interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 216 W. Aurora St., Ironwood, MI 49938.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, where condolences may be given online at


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