Obit: Lunka, Lucille A. (1907 - 2004)

Contact: Kipp Kippenhan

----Souce: Wednesday, may 5, 2004 edition of the Tribune - Record - Gleaner

Lucille Lunka

Lucille A. Lunka, 96, Willard, died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the Wells Nature View assisted living center, Marshfield, where she had resided since September 2003. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Willard. The Rev. Joseph Follmar officiated. Burial was in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Willard. Pallbearers were Don Kim, Steve Horvat, Joe Tolaney, Jack Trunkel, Bernard Walker and Mike Klapatauskas.

Lucille A. Stanley was born on May 29, 1907, in the town of Eaton, to Ben and Sylvina (nee Christie) Stanley. She grew up on the home farm, south of Greenwood. She attended Eaton Center Grade School and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1926. She played piano in area bands for dances, including wedding and barn dances. She worked at Reese's Bakery and Restaurant in Greenwood, Bast's Bakery in Neillsville, and she cooked at the first Neillsville Hospital. She married Joe Lunka, Willard, in 1932, and they owned and operated their store, and feed mill until 1957, when they sold it to their daughter and son-in-law and then retired.. They continued to 1ive in Willard. Both of them enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time at their cabin on Mead Lake. Her husband passed away in 1969, and after that, she continued to live in Willard and later started traveling with friends, taking many tours to many states, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Caribbean cruises to the Virgin Islands and Jamaica. She went to most of the Canadian provinces and she also enjoyed several trips to Las Vegas. In recent years, her health problems limited her activities, but she still enjoyed visiting with her friends and listening to the Brewers' baseball games. In 1999, she moved to the home of her daughter, close to her own home in Willard. In September 2003, she moved to Wells Nature View in Marshfield, where she passed away. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Willard, and the Council of Catholic Women, and was a past member of the Slovenian Women's Union and the Holy Family choir.

Survivors include one daughter, Avis (the late Stanley) Suda, Willard; two granddaughters, Pamela (John) Moris, Woodbury, Minn., and Tamara (Steve) Zimmermann, Marshfield; five great-grandchildren, Ross Moris, Grant Moris, Emily Moris, Cody Zimmermann and Harlie Zimmermann.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Merrill Stanley and Leo Stanley.

Memorials may be given in her name to research on macular degeneration and the Holy Family Church Trust.

Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood, assisted the family with arrangements.



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