Andrew H. Bolander

KINGSFORD – Andrew H. Bolander, 93, of Kingsford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Sept. 19, 1920, in Amberg, Wis., son of the late Rueben and Anna (Duca) Bolander. Andrew grew up on a farm in the Amberg area and before the war worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He Joined the United States Army on Sept. 8, 1942 and served during World War II with the 104th “Timberwolf” Infantry Divison. The 104th was involved in operations in France, Belgium, Holland and Central Germany. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 2, 1946.

Andrew married the love of his life, Joyce Olsen on Oct. 12, 1946, in Kingsford. Joyce preceded him in death on April 16, 2009.

He worked for more than 38 years for the Niagara of Wisconsin Paper Company until his retirement in 1985. Andrew was a member of the Crivitz American Legion. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed bowling and throwing horseshoes. He loved to watch sports on television, especially the Green Bay Packers. Andrew was very active well into his 80’s and was a member of the Dickinson County Hospital Walking Club. He had logged over 1,000 miles per year for several years.

In addition to his wife, Andrew was preceded in death by his daughter, Kay; and brother, Clarence.

He is survived by his children, Tom (Shelby) Bolander of Iron Mountain, Jeanne Bolander of Kingsford, Debra “Duba” (Jeffrey) Bussiere of Iron River, Gail DeClark of Niagara and Karen (Jim) Bolander-Murphy of Minneapolis; brothers, Bernard Bolander of Arizona and C.M. “Stubby” (Faye) Bolander of Wausaukee, Wis.; sisters, Clara Policello of Crivitz and Evelyn Raygo of Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Irene Cavalieri of Merriman, Lenore Kosovec of Kingsford and Joanne Hebert of Norway; grandchildren, Vicki (Mike) Snyder, Janice Bolander, Chanda Bolander, Andrea (Darrin) Gill, Philip Bussiere, Brad (Brenda) DeClark and Danielle Wagner; great-grandchildren, Benjanim, Sarah and Katelyn Snyder, William, Anna and Mayla Bolander, Choral and Emily Gill, Preston and Logan Declark, Trentin and Blake Wagner. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Memorial services will follow at noon at the funeral home. Father Joseph Gouin will officiate.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 will conduct military graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.

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