William A. Chervenak, MD, age 83, of Vadnais Heights, died Sunday, May 12, 2013.
He was born June 7, 1929, in Portage, PA.
William served in the Navy for two years during World War II, and attended the University of Notre Dame on the GI Bill. He was introduced to the lakes, streams, and woods of Minnesota while a counselor at Camp Foley during his college years.
Bill graduated from George Washington Medical School in 1955. He performed his residency as an Army officer and enjoyed practicing medicine in rural Minnesota, including for a time in Winsted, and in the hospitals of Alaska, where he finished his career. An excellent diagnostician, tens of thousands of patients benefited from his knowledge of medicine during his 40-year practice.
Known as a great outdoorsman, fisherman, and hunter, Bill acquired numerous parcels of land in northern Minnesota and built a hunting camp used by dozens of friends and relatives for over four decades. He liked communicating with people from all walks of life and ran Bill’s Clipping Service for his friends and family.
A wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, “UB,” brother, friend to countless others and mentor to many, Bill will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Jojo; four children, Nonnie (Bob Ribeiro), Paul (Angie), Mimi (Mark) Steffens, and Neysa (Dragos) Alecu; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Jojo’s children, Paddy (Susan) McNeely, Shawn McNeely, Shannon (Steve) Whittaker, Cara (Ted Madden), Irene (Steve Rayne), and Trina (Garth Morrisette); and 14 grandchildren.
In addition, Bill is survived by his treasured younger brother, James Chervenak and his wife Connie; seven nephews; one niece; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by two older brothers; and his dear sister, Marci Nelson.
A Celebration of Life wtook place Sunday, June 9 at the Vadnais Heights Commons in Vadnais Heights, preceded by visitaton from 4 to 7 p.m. at the commons.There was private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to www.OperationHomeFront.net, or the charity of your choice.