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Ivan B. Fraaza, 65, Ringle, died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at his home. He was born on November 29, 1946 in Wausau, the son of the late Bert and Gertrude (Vlietstra) Fraaza. On December 8, 1979 he was united in marriage to Kathleen Gaulke in Wausau. She survives.
If we had to describe Ivan in one word, it would be Big. He was a big man with a huge heart and generous soul. His large voice could not be ignored. His great smile and whopping stories made everyone laugh. He worked hard, played harder, traveled far, drove fast, and gambled on everything. Through his lifetime he gathered an immense circle of wonderful friends. Ivan was a wonderful husband and father. He loved his family passionately and was enormously proud of his sons. His larger-than-life presence will leave a great void in our hearts.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Fraaza, Ringle; two sons, Brandon Fraaza and Dustin Fraaza, both of Ringle; two brothers, Harvey (Gail) Fraaza and Lester (Joan Wawrzaszek) Fraaza and three nephews, Bill (Charity) Fraaza, Dan (Mary) Fraaza and Jeff (Nikki) Fraaza. He is also survived by other relatives, many friends and his faithful friend and traveling companion, Daisy.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Covenant Community Presbyterian Church, Schofield. Pastor Jess Wakefield will officiate. Burial will be in Forestville Cemetery, town of Easton with a Celebration of Life to follow at Chet & Emil's, Birnamwood. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 12noon until the time of services at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements. The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Ivan's name.
Ivan's family would like to extend hearfelt gratitude to the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Mount View Rehab Center for their tender loving care, Jess Wakefield for his spiritual guidance and all the wonderful people who called Ivan "Friend". Although his hopitalization was a long one, not one day passed without a visit from friends and family. He was touched by the visits, cards, pictures from the kids and many prayers.
'Goodbye Big Guy. We will miss you, Big Time!'
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 20, 2012