William Hagberg Sr.

FLORENCE, Wis. – William J. Hagberg Sr., 75, of Florence, formerly of Iron Mountain, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Dickinson County Hospital.

He was born April 21, 1938, in Sault Ste. Marie, son of the late David and Vera (Versau) Hagberg. He was raised in Iron Mountain and attended Iron Mountain Schools. He played sports and was an avid swimmer. He did not finish high school, but later on he did return and graduated in 1979 with his son.

He was a lapidarian and enjoyed working with and studying rocks. He worked various construction jobs before becoming disabled in a car accident.

William was preceded in death by one son, Frederick Hagberg; one daughter, Bonnie Byers; and two grandchildren, Bambi and Shonda.

He is survived by one son, William Hagberg; four daughters, Bernadine (Jerry) Miller, Bobbi (John) Martin, Rochelle (Pete) Ketola, and Ann Ray; one daughter-in-law, Theresa Caldwell; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Patricia Barbeau.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.