Dennis J. 'Denny Bear' WhiteDennis J. “Denny Bear” White, 60, of Maple died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
Dennis J. “Denny Bear” White, 60, of Maple died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Essentia Health St. Mary’s, Duluth, following a brief and courageous battle with mesothelioma.
He was born Nov. 11, 1951, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Elsie (Haukkala) Podolak.
He graduated in 1969 from Dundee Community High School in Carpentersville, Ill.
He married Judy Makie on Dec. 23, 1972, in Maple, and would have celebrated 39 years of marriage.
He was a member of Local 633 Cement Masons Union of which he was a business agent for the last 15 years. He retired May, 1, 2007.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and golfing the senior league at Botten’s Green Acres Golf Course. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening. Dennis enjoyed more than 80 trips to Las Vegas and was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox fan.
In addition to his wife Judy, Dennis is survived by one brother, Michael “Mickey” (Cindy Wald) White, Appleton, Wis.; two aunts, Carol (Jack) Gartner, Superior, Doris Haukkala, Maple; one uncle, Alvin (Mary) Haukkala, Brule; two nephews, Zachary and Jordan White; one brother-in-law, Duane (Sandy Siekkinen) Makie, Lake Nebagamon; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Robert) Faust, Denver, Colo., Lola (Greg) Blackledge, Somerset, Wis.; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Podolak; adoptive father, Jim White; mother, Elsie White; maternal grandparents, Oscar and Elizabeth Haukkala; two uncles, Marvin Haukkala and Harold Haukkala; and one nephew, Joshua White.
Visitation will begin at noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Ziems, of Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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