Isabelle Marie Stumpf
Anchorage resident Isabelle Marie “Izzy” Stumpf died peacefully, surrounded by family, after a long battle with heart disease and other medical problems on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 79.
A funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 22 at Saint Patrick’s Parish, 2111 Muldoon Road, with the Rev. Scott Medlock officiating. A memorial Mass will follow at Saint Peter’s Parish in Middleridge, Wis. Her cremated remains will be interred at Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Middleridge above her deceased husband’s heart.
Mrs. Stumpf was born Jan. 31, 1927 in Middleridge to Walter Sr. and Mabel Cavadini and moved to Alaska to be with her husband, LaVerne Stumpf, who was stationed on Adak in 1950s with the U.S. Navy. She moved to Kodiak in the early 1960s, where she continued to live after her husband’s death on Dec. 25, 1971. Mrs. Stumpf raised their only daughter in Kodiak.
In 1984, she moved to Anchorage to be closer to her daughter, and in 1987 moved to Sterling, where she worked at Bing Brown’s. In 1992 she returned to Anchorage.
“While having various jobs thought Alaska her dedication was to being a mother and grandmother,” her family wrote.
She enjoyed planting flowers, knitting, quilting, sewing, crocheting and most other crafts. She loved football and was an avid Packers fan. She enjoyed baking and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them various crafts and telling stories.
“Isabelle had a quality that made her everyone’s confidant. She was comforting and you could tell her anything. Commonly referred to as ‘Grandma Izzy’ or just ‘Mom,’ she acquired countless ‘children’ and “grandchildren’ along life’s path and loved them all. She will be dearly missed,” her family wrote.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne “Lee” Stumpf; parents; brothers, Herbert and Donald Cavadini; and sisters, Florence Stach and Marilyn Korn.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ramona (Stumpf) and Tim Widger of Anchorage; grandchildren, Breanna, Brittany, Alex, Erik, Veronika and Mikayla Widger, all of Anchorage; sisters and brother-in-law, Joan and Kenneth Stach of La Crosse, Wis., and Dorothy Lebakken of St. Louis Park, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter Jr. “Butch” and Betty Cavadini of Middleridge, and Wayne and Kris Cavadini of Eagan, Minn.; sister-in-law, Rosie Cavadini of Bangor, Wis.; several aunts and uncles; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless friends scattered over the United States.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
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