THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ivan W. Lusardi, Sr
Ivan W. Lusardi, Sr., 80, of Niagara, passed away Friday, Jan. 27 at the Golden Living Center in Florence.
Born Jan. 7, 1937 in Iron Mountain, Mi., to the late Henry and Elsie (Suntag) Lusardi, he married Doris DeClark on Sept. 3, 1955 in Rockford, Ill. and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2003. He was a United States Marine veteran and worked as a truck driver in Milwaukee for 10 years before returning to Niagara in 1966. He then owned and operated the Citgo Service Station for several years and also owned a trucking company.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Norway and the American Legion Post 136 in Niagara. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, listening to old country and polka music, but mostly had a special love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by five children, Debra (Daniel) Zuern of Pembine, Diane Gendron (Terry Hoffart) of Norway, Ivan "Bill" (Donna) Lusardi of Beach Park, Ill., Michael (Sandy) Lusardi of Iron Mountain, Mi. and Timothy Lusardi of Kingsford, Mi.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Doris, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond (Shirley) Lusardi and Donald (Shirley) Lusardi and a son-in-law, Todd Gendron.
Visitation was held at Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Rev. David Johnson officiated with burial in Quinnesec Cemetery.