Obit: Champa, Louis Sr. #2 (1901 - 1972)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Champa, Larvich, Cushman, Celkes, Zajec, Schneeler, Mertens
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co, WI) 7/13/1972
Champa, Louis Sr. #2 (12 December 1901 - 10 July 1972)
Louis Champa, Sr., 79, a resident of the Willard area for over 40 years, died Monday morning, July 10, at Neillsville where he had been a hospital patient since May 26. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. from Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Mertens officiating. The body of Mr. Champa was in state at the church overnight until 10:30 Wednesday morning when services were held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial was made in the parish cemetery at Willard. Visitation previous to the services was at the Hill Funeral Home in Greenwood.
Mr. Champa, the son of john and Theresa Champa, was born December 12, 1901, in Yugoslavia where he grew to manhood. He moved to Willard in 1929 and engaged in farming until 1957 when he retired. The Champas continued to live in their farm home. His marriage to Antonia Larvich, who survives him, took place November 10, 1954.
Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Nancy) Cushman of Racine and Mrs. Henry (Teffie) Celkes of Chicago, Il; four sons, Frank, Louis, Jr., and Michael of Chicago and Sylvester of Rochester, Mn; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Zajec of Chicago and Mrs. Angela Schneeler of Virginia, Mn; and 26 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were his four sons, Frank, Louis, Jr., Sylvester and Michael and his two sons-in-law, Ray Cushman and Henry Celkes.
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