Kenneth Ropelle

NORWAY – Kenneth “Buzz” Ropelle, 83, of Norway, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Norway on June 30, 1929, son of the late Andrew and Theresa (Rosatti) Ropelle.

Buzz worked for Angeli’s Grocery Store in Iron River and worked for the city of Norway for many years.

He enjoyed telling stories and feeding the wildlife, especially the birds.

Ken was a very generous man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Buzz is survived by his daughter, Sharon Kazianka of Iron Mountain; son, Dean Prudhomme of Elkhart, Ind.; sister, Lorraine Saigh of Iron River; and many dear nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eleanor VanArt and Beatrice Willihnganz; and his brother, David Ropelle.

Family will greet friends on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding.

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Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.