Verona, WI- Anita I. Lopez, 84, of Verona and a former longtime Ironwood resident, died peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, WI.
She was born on October 5, 1928 in Ironwood, MI, the daughter of Paul and Isabel (Matrella) Chouinard. She attended grade school in Ironwood and graduated in 1946, from Tony High School in Tony, WI. After graduation, she worked at Michigan Bell for several years.
On September 6, 1952 she was united in marriage to Anthony “Tony” Lopez, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood by the late Rev. Conrad Dishaw. Anita and Tony owned and operated Lopez IGA Foodliner in Ironwood, MI. They moved from their home in Michigan to Verona, WI in 2002. Anita was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood and later, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Verona, WI. Anita was an excellent cook and enjoyed bowling, knitting and playing cards. Most of all, she loved the company of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Lori Lopez of Verona,WI and daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Michael Lopez-Kaley of La Crosse, WI; granddaughters, Julia and Clare Lopez-Kaley; siblings, Patrick (Marge) Chouinard of Hudson, WI and Pamela (Dave) Barr of Four Corners, WY; in-laws, Irene Halverson of Ironwood, Albert (Joanne) Lopez of Canyon, MN and George Wallis of Hurley, WI; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her wonderful husband, Tony in 2005; her parents; brother, Kelly Chouinard; in-laws, Mary Lou Wallis and Eugene Halverson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood, with The Rev. Robb Jurkovich-celebrant, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Joseph Family Room at the church. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. The Rite of committal and interment will take place at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.