William VanPembrook Sr.

NIAGARA, WIS. – William K. VanPembrook Sr., 77, of Niagara, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.

He was born Feb. 4, 1936, in Aurora, Wis., son of the late August and Grace VanPembrook. Bill grew up in Aurora and graduated from Kingsford High School. He worked at the Niagara Paper Mill as a calendar/machine operator, retiring in 1999 at the age of 62. Bill took great pride in working for the union and serving as union president at the paper mill.

He enjoyed spending time at camp, remodeling it through the years and then making it their retirement home. For 22 years Bill and Toni attended the Country Music Festival in Porterfield, Wis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Toni; four sons, William “Jumbo” VanPembrook (Raissa Clarkson) of Kingsford, Terry (Mary) VanPembrook of Iron Mountain, Craig (Juli) VanPembrook of Kingsford, and Kevin (Tammy) VanPembrook of Neenah, Wis.; two sisters, Bonnie (Bill) Caviani of New Berlin, Wis. and Pat (Roger) Baravetto of Iron Mountain; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Janice.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staffs at ManorCare and Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for the exceptional care that was given to Bill.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home i n Iron Mountain.

The funeral Mass will follow Thursday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bill or leave a condolence for his family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Bill’s legacy of life.