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Frank Widas Jr.

March 24, 2012
The Daily News

IRON RIVER - Frank Widas Jr., 88, of Iron River, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1923, in Yugoslavia, the son of the late Frank and Helen (Polich) Widas. He attended the Stambaugh Schools, graduating with the class of 1941.

He then attended the McDonough School of Business for two years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. After returning from the service, he worked at the Commercial Bank of Stambaugh and later worked for the local mines for 34 years, until the Groveland Mine closed.

Frank married the former Carole Anderson on Dec. 13, 1952, at St. John's Episcopal Church of Iron River and the couple made their home in Stambaugh. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2011.

Frank was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian, Holy Name of St. Cecilia, American Legion Reino Post 21, Progressive Men of Caspian, and past president of the Croatian Lodge., He was an avid trumpet player, playing for the Army Band, Caspian Band and Leo Pisoni's Modernaires. He loved his family, his two Chihuahuas, and the Chicago Bears.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; daughters, Debbie Williams (Doug Brey) of Caspian and Donna (Glenn) Dobson of Iron River; sisters-in-law, Mary (David) Scalcucci, Eloise Manfrom; grandchildren, Angie (Mike) Greenlund, Lisa (Joe) Lewis, Jenna Dobson, Jake Dobson; great-grandchildren, Nick, Tyler and Kyle Greenlund, Caiden and Ariah Lewis, Jaiden Dobson; cousin, Sally (Roger) Linna.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Cameron Lewis, two brothers-in-law, Robert Anderson and Lester Manfrom and sister-in-law, Mary Carne.

Private family services will be held.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Frank Widas online at

Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.



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