Laddie J. Hodny, 75, Gillett, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Jack and Ingrid Meng Residence of Unity Hospice, De Pere, following a two year battle with cancer.
Laddie was born Sept. 19, 1936, in Lankin, N.D., to the late Laddie and Lillian (Pich) Hodny.
Laddie was a 1955 graduate of Lankin High School. Following high school graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. He then attended Mayville State College, Mayville, N.D., graduating with a BS degree in Business Education in 1963. Laddie began his employment as a Business Ed teacher at Fairdale, N.D. In 1965, he was employed as a Business Ed teacher at Gillett High School until his retirement in 1994.
On June 18, 1966, he married Darlene M. Sorensen at St. John's Catholic Church, Gillett, where he was a member. He served as usher at church.
Laddie loved being outdoors, planting trees and cutting fire wood. He also loved to return to his hometown in Lankin, N.D., where he would visit his home farm, his family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Laddie is survived by his wife, Darlene, Gillett; his children and their spouses, Kristin and Brian Coopman, Oconto Falls; Michael and Lorie, Elkhorn; Mark and Cynthia, Campbellsport; his grandchildren, Tyler Coopman, Elizabeth Coopman, Ellen Hodny, Janie Hodny, Lucas Hodny and Jack Hodny; two brothers and one sister-in-law William and Joann, Mandan, N.D.; John Lapic, Lankin, N.D.; brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews. Laddie was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Doris Hodny, and his stepfather, Lloyd Lapic.
Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, (TODAY) at the Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett 920-855-2144. A parish prayer service will be held 7:45 p.m. Friday (TODAY) at the funeral Home. Visitation (WITH THE CASKET CLOSED) will also be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. John's Catholic Church, So. Garden Ave., Gillett. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the church, with the Rev. Dave Barrett and Sr. Marla Clercx officiating. Interment in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Town of Gillett.
A memorial fund has been established and will be designated at a later date.
Laddie's family would like to thank Dr. Volk and staff at the Oconto Falls Oncology Department, Dr. Maltinski, and the staff at the Jack and Ingrid Meng Unity Hospice Residence, De Pere, for their special care.