Marvin Pankratz

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Pankratz, Marvin F.

Marvin F. Pankratz, age 89, a resident of Shady Lane Nursing Care Center, died Saturday morning, April 27, 2013 at Shady Lane.

Marvin was born on October 25, 1923 in Rice Lake, WI, son of the late Michael and Catherine (Mullane) Pankratz. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School with the class of 1942. Marvin served with the Wisconsin State Guard and was honorably discharged. On September 4, 1948 he married the former Ione I. Holschbach at Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Manitowoc. Marvin was employed with Wisconsin Public Service as a lineman until his retirement. He was a sales representative with the Pankratz Insurance Agency for many years. Marvin was a member of the Friends of the Manitowoc County Library, the Men's Garden Club, the Audubon Society, the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, the Holy Name Society and the Friends of Maple Grove.

Survivors include his wife: Ione Pankratz, three daughters and three sons-in-law: Patricia and John Miller, Colleen and Eugene Theroux, of Virginia, Bridget and Val Rosas; six sons and two daughters-in-law: Hugh and Nobue Pankratz, Brian Pankratz, of Manitowoc, Barry Pankratz, Kurt Pankratz, Kent and Aura Pankratz, Perry Pankratz, of Manitowoc; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law: Michael and Betty Pankratz; and one sister-in-law: Shirley Pankratz; one sister and brother-in-law: Arlene and John Newhouse. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by one brother: Raphael Pankratz.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi on Marshall, Manitowoc. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Richard Klingeisen with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at the Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will be a private family visitation on Thursday morning, May 2, 2013 at the Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc.

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The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Marvin was an organic gardener, and keeper of apple trees. He was a Master beekeeper and marketed his apples, apple juice and honey throughout the area. Ione remembers the many "trouble calls" that Marvin made on stormy nights. He is remembered by his children as a woodworker, storyteller and poet, never afraid to show emotion. He was a musician and collector with many many interests. Marvin was known and loved by many and will not soon be forgotten.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center for their kind, gentle and compassionate care given to Marvin.

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928 South 14th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
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Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Apr. 29, 2013
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