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Lila J. Bantz


IRONWOOD — Lila J. Bantz, age 89, of Ironwood died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Ironwood. She was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Ironwood, daughter of the late Nante and Lillian (Kinnunen) Holappa.

Lila attended Ironwood schools, graduating from Luther L. Wright High School with the class of 1945. Her husband, Jerome Bantz, preceded her in death on April 14, 1985.

She is survived by three sons, Jerry of Ironwood, Stephen (Juliane) of Milwaukee, and Mark (Suzzanne) of Richfield, Wis .; four grandchildren, Kyle Christine (Ian Dees) Bantz of Lexington, Va .; Christopher Jerome Bantz of Nashville, Tenn .; and Matthew Eugene and William Mark Bantz, both of Milwaukee; one sister, Nancy (Frank) Mayer of Brookfield, Wis .; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband, Lila was preceded in death by one sister, Laverne King.

Cremation has taken place at the Range Crematory in Hurley. The funeral service will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are by Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home of Ironwood. To send online condolences, visit us at


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