(Friday - February 26, 2021) - Ila R. Sparpana, age 77, of Pembine, formerly of Niagara, passed away on Thursday, February 25, at Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay. "Our dear Lord has taken another angel home."

Ila was born November 21, 1943, in Niagara, daughter of the late Walter and Hester (Korten) Rucinski. She grew up in Niagara and was a graduate of Niagara High School, class of 1961. She married Robert "Bob" Sparpana on October 4, 1969. They resided in Kingsford for a few years before moving to Niagara, where they resided for many years. In 2012 they moved to Pembine. Ila worked at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, in the medical billing department, for over 20 years before retiring.

Ila and Bob enjoyed camping at Riversbend Campground in Breitung Township and wintering in Zapata, Texas. She also enjoyed knitting, cooking, the outdoors, and especially the time she spent with her grandchildren and family.

Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years, Bob; one son, Robert (Vicki) Sparpana of Kingsford; one daughter, Sherry (Robert) Pomeroy of Aurora; one brother, John (Lori) Rucinski of Florence; four sisters, Lysle Rugg of Niagara, Bonnie (Ron) DeCremer of Homestead, Claire (John) Berry of Niagara and Tanya (Jake) Payette of Niagara; five grandchildren, Angie (Troy), Kimberly, Amber, Sarah, and Katelyn; nine great-grandchildren, Kailey, Evan, Elijah, Lucas, Alaric, Maverick, Andre, Jocelyn, and Svetlana; two brothers-in-law, Joe (Eileen) Sparpana of Breitung Township and Bill (Bonnie) Sparpana of Colorado; three sisters-in-law, Violet (Bill) Flatka of Breitung Township, Catherine Hooper of Lower Michigan, and Carol (Hank) Miotke of Atlanta, Georgia; and her two beloved dogs, Patches and Snoopy.

In addition to her parents, Ila was preceded in death by one grandson, Bradley; one brother, Bobby Rucinski; three sisters, Patty Wescher, Mitzi Ebdon, and Kay Coppens; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 2, from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the church. Rev. Fr. Michael Lightner will officiate. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Niagara Chapel, to honor Ila's legacy of life.


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