THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Anton "Tony" Gnand, 83, of Town of Brazeau, passed away Tuesday, March 7 surrounded by family.
Born March 3, 1934 in Yugoslavia, to Karl and Eva (Seder) Gnand, the family moved to Austria where they lived for seven years prior to immigrating to the United States in 1952. He served in the United States Army and on Oct. 3, he married Eva Schmidt at Sacred Heart Croatian Church in Milwaukee. They lived in Glendale for 42 years and he worked at Pfister and Vogel Tannery in Milwaukee for 42 years before retiring in 1995.
The couple moved to Lee Lake permanently in 2001. A member of St. Anne Parish, he belonged to the Milwaukee Sport Club, Lee Lake Conservation Club and the Bagley and Brazeau Snowmobile Club.
He enjoyed playing and watching soccer, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and time at the cottage on Lee Lake.
He is survived by his wife, Eva; a brother, Eric Gnand and his partner, Royce, San Diego, Ca.; a sister-in-law, Else Gnand, Milwaukee; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kathy and Roy Lawrenz, Town of Brazeau; a special niece, Eve Marie (Warren) Wallace, Oconto Falls; a special nephew, Jonathon Lawrenz and his friend, Amanda, Oconto Falls; many other nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Winter and a brother Frank Gnand.
Friends called at St. Anne Parish in Lena on Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. A memorial fund was established in his name. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Lena assisted the family with arrangements.