Lawrence C. Mansavage, 86, Plover, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Pisarski Community Funeral Home in Plover, with the Rev. Robert Pedretti officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, until the services followed by full military rites by American Legion Plover Post 543 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Plover Post 10262.
Donations in his name can be made to the St. James Building Fund, PO Box 280, Amherst, WI 54406; Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services; or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Mansavage was born April 8, 1925, in Plover, a son of the late Leo and Lottie (Dudkiewicz) Manasvage. He attended the original Roosevelt Grade School in Plover.
He was drafted into the U.S. Navy on June 29, 1943, in Stevens Point. He served on the ships Roanoke, SS Buena Vista Hills and SS Jacob A. Westervelt. He attended the Armed Guard School DES Base in San Diego, Calif. His last rank was gunner’s mate third class, USNR. He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 24, 1946, in Great Lakes, Ill.
Following his Navy service, Mr. Mansavage was employed by Consolidated Papers Inc.-Biron Division for 41 years, retiring in 1987 as services supervisor-mill materials handling.
He was married to Margaret Gosh on July 23, 1948. She died in 1963.
He was married to Johanna (Suski) Sayles on July 23, 1971.
From 1990 to 2002 they were resident managers at Park Place Apartments in Stevens Point.
He volunteered as a courier for St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and also for the volunteer driver escort program at the Lincoln Center.
They belonged to St. James Catholic Church, Amherst. He was a member of American Legion Plover Post 543 and VFW Plover Post 10262.
Survivors include his wife, Johanna; one son, Gary (Kathy), Yuma, Ariz.; one daughter, Gail (Terry) Wiegert, Wausau; two stepdaughters, Christa Harris-Sayles, Chicago, Ill., and Carla (Tom) Hoppe, Green Bay; one stepson, Michael Sayles (Mark Witte), Alabaster, Ala.; three sisters, Olive Gosh, Florence (Jerry) Bluma and Connie (Joe) Brunke; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Karen; two brothers, Max and Edmund (Sonny); and three sisters, Lillian, Eleanor and Eileen.