Obit: Robida, Donovan G. (1936 - 2016)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Baker, Balciar, Bennett, Dunow, Meixner, Moran, Robida, Simonton, Smith, Vethanayagam

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 11/07/2016

Robida, Donovan G. (12 JUL 1936 - 2 NOV 2016)

Donovan G. Robida, 80, died on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, surrounded by his loving family.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford, with Rev. Sengole Vethanayagam officiating.

Burial took place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Town of Eau Pleine, where military rites were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6352 of Stratford, and grandsons served as pallbearers.

The visitation was held on Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Sauter/Rembs Funeral Home, Stratford and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford. A rosary service was at 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Donovan was born on July 12, 1936, in Stetsonville, to Anton and Mary (Moran) Robida. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War from January 25, 1955 until his honorable discharge on January 8, 1959.

Don had operated a mink ranch, then had been employed at Liberty Homes in Dorchester. He also owned and operated laundromats and taverns.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Colby Lions Club. He married Josephine A. Dunow on May 28, 1998 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby.

Don is survived by his wife, Jo; his children, Cindy (Todd) Bennett, Lori (Tom) Smith, Mary (special friend, Dennis) Baker, Brian Robida, Kurt (Kim) Robida, Kristin (special friend, Brent) Robida and Steven Robida; and stepchildren, Bill (special friend, Jan) Meixner and Rosalie (Don) Simonton. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sisters-in-law, Jeanette Robida and Agnes Robida; a brother-in-law, Walter Balciar; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, three brothers and a son-in-law, Todd Baker.

In lieu of flowers, the family will designate a memorial at a later date.

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