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Robert Pazdera, 85, known to friends as Bebo, Beebs, or Bob, passed away peacefully in his home on September 16th, 2018, surrounded by family, after a courageous 9-year battle with lymphoma. Born to Otto & Josie Pazdera on December 8th, 1932, Bebo grew up in Menekaunee in a family of 11 kids. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1951, after 4 years as a standout track & field, basketball, and football athlete –earning the most valuable football player award for the Marines in his senior year. He was recruited to play football at the University of Kentucky by the famous Bear Bryant, but his collegiate career ended abruptly as a result of a serious car accident. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve in the South Pacific for four years during the Korean War. Upon returning to Marinette, he married the love of his life, Nancy LaLuzerne, on June 21st, 1958, and they recently celebrated 60 happy years of marriage together
Bob worked at the Milwaukee and Northwestern Railroad, and retired from Ansul in 1995. Bob and Nancy had two wonderful daughters – Tammy (husband Randy Verkerke) and Terri (husband Jamie Patterson). Throughout his life, he always remained steadfast in his love for his family. This was especially true of his 7 grandchildren: Erin (husband Mike McQueen), Becky (husband Brian Busanich), Tony (partner MJ Miele), and Zoe (partner Brandon Zurn) Verkerke, and Jerad (fiancée Holly Lysinger), Jessica (partner Nick Miller), and Jacob Patterson; and his 4 great-grandchildren: Scout & Willem McQueen, and Bronx & Nicolina Busanich. Bob is survived by sisters Barb Walker, Mary Landerman, Patsy Payne (husband Jim), Toni Christensen (husband Dale), Veronica Mech (husband Art), Jeanie Friedeman (husband Dennis), and Brother Pat Pazdera (wife Lynn). He was preceded in death by his parents Otto & Josie Pazdera, and brothers Bill Kuniesh, Jack Pazdera and Tom Pazdera.
In addition to the tremendous love he held for his family, Bob demonstrated great passion and talent for woodworking, carving, and painting watercolor art. He also had immense enthusiasm for physical activity across his lifetime, remaining a very active member of the local YMCA up until the final year of his life. In his final days, he expressed gratitude to his pickle ball family (“you know who!”) for all of their support, and spoke of how much he missed them in his final year while his chemotherapy robbed him of his ability to play. Bebo also expressed gratitude to all of the support staff and nurses at BAMC Oncology, especially Dr. Hamdan, who he believed was born to be an oncologist and always had complete faith in. During the most difficult times in his life, Dr. Hamdan’s knowledge, compassion, and caring ways were always so comforting to Bebo.
Of all the accomplishments in his life, Bebo will probably be remembered most for his giving heart, selfless acts, and affectionate spirit. A celebration of Bebo’s life will be held on Friday, September 21st starting at 4 pm with Military Rites conducted by the Military 20 Year Club at 6:45 pm followed by a Vigil Service at Anderson Kell Funeral Home (533 10th Ave). A mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 am at Resurrection Parrish (2607 18th St) in Menominee. A lunch will be provided following mass. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of other forms of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established. Any expressions may be directed to Nancy Pazdera.
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