Obit: Depa, Peter Paul (1932 - 2014)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Depa, Posda, Schreier, Hera, Nezda-Swatzina, Slowiak, Carey, Nesterick, Petefish, Wiklanski, Andronowitz, Norks, Filipek, Kaszubowski, Zielke, Norks, Kowalski

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co, WI) 11/26/2014

Depa, Peter Paul (7 June 1932 - 21 November 2014)

Peter P. Depa, age 82, of Stanley, formerly of Thorp, passed away on Friday November 21, 2014, at Country Terrace Assisted Living, in Stanley, surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2015, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, in Thorp. Rev. Janusz Kowalski officiated and burial followed at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Cemetery in Stanley. Visitation was held at Thorp Funeral Home on Monday, November 24, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 Rosary service. Visitation was also held at the church, on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Peter Paul Depa was born on the family farm in the Town of Taft, rural Thorp, on June 7, 1932, the son of Paul and Anna (Posda) Depa. Peter attended Thorp High School, but left to farm full time upon the unfortunate death of his father. Peter married Margaret Schreier on Oct 15, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Edson, and later raised their four children. After her death on Oct. 13, 1989, Peter found love again and married Alvina (Hera) Nezda-Swatzina July 3, 1993, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp.

He was a farmer to the core. Even, when he retired from milking cows, he continued to grow amazing floral gardens and his Good Friday potatoes. He enjoyed polka music, woodworking, traveling, fishing, and hunting with his family. He was a fourth degree member of the Thorp Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #4634, and was the financial secretary and trustee of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church, i Junction, for many years. His smile and quick wit will be greatly missed by his family.

Peter is survived by his wife, Alvina, of Stanley; four children: Leonard (Debbie) Depa of Chippewa Falls, Donna (Dean) Slowiak of Chippewa Falls, Lawrence (Jackie) Depa of Menomonie, and Paul (Rachel) Depa of Delano, MN; eight step-children: Sheila (Tony) Carey of Frederick, CO, Dough (Tammy) Nezda of Mauston, WI, Dan Nezda (Fiancée Nelene) of Chandler, AZ, Michele Nezda of Denver, CO, Brad (Donna) Nezda of Eau Claire, Bruce Nezda of Stanley, Christine (Jim) Nesterick of Stanley, and Cynthia (Bill) Petefish of Chippewa Falls; 10 grandchildren: Julie, Joe, Katie, Mathias, Eric, Peter, Isaiah, Thomas, Annamarie and Nicolaus; 10 step-grandchildren: Jon, Katie, Sam, Nick, Dakota, Matt, Jacob, Ashley, Teagan and Morgan; two step-great-grandchildren: Lucas and Anna; one brother: Joseph (Joan) Depa of St. John, IN; two sisters: Juliana Wiklanski of Petoskey, MI and Pauline Andronowitz of Huntington, CT; two brothers-in-law: Mike Norks of Greenwood, and Wally Filipek of Niles, IL; three sisters-in-law; Bernice Depa of Thorp, Marie Depa of Niles, IL and Joanne Depa of Kenosha; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings: Frank Depa, Marcella Kaszubowski, Andrew Depa, Anton Depa, Louis Depa, John Depa, Agnes Zielke, Frances Norks, and Helen Filipek.

Online condolences may be expressed at  Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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