STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP - Elvira "Vera" Masnjak, 70, of Stambaugh Township, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Northstar Health System in Iron River after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 14, 1942, in Chicago, daughter of Leo and Marie (Bergamo) Weintraub. She graduated from Tuley High School with the class of 1961 and then attended cosmetology school. She worked as a hairdresser for more than 54 years.
Vera married Donald Masnjak on March 6, 1965, at Holy Trinity Croatian Catholic Church in Chicago. The couple made their home in the Chicago area for many years, moving to Stambaugh Township following their retirement.
Vera was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian, the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 32, and volunteer at the Iron County Museum. She was a charter member with her husband, Donald, of the Croatian Cultural Center of Chicago, a teacher and choreographer with the Sloboda Jr. Tamburitzans, and danced with the Zrinski-Frankopan Croatian Cultural Club, both of Chicago. She also enjoyed crafting stained glass.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; sons, Paul Masnjak of Stambaugh Township, Karl (Denise) Masnjak of Naples, Fla., and Marko (Noreen) Masnjak of Chicago; brother, David (Sue) Weintraub of Nova Scotia, Canada; and granddaughter, Ashley Marie Masnjak of Fort Myers, Fla.
In addition to her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her son, Kristian; and brother, Roy.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. at St Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian, with Rev. Gregory Veneklase to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will be in St Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Ill.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Elvira "Vera" Masnjak online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com
Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.