William J. Sapienza was born Sept. 23, 1921 and died June 7, 2014. “Bill” was a decorated World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theatre and was awarded five bronze stars. Bill enjoyed golfing, boating and working out at Gett Fitt in Iola. Bill was a bartender at large venues in Key West, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga., for many years before moving to the Iola area with his partner, Gwen. Always quick to smile, with a kind heart and loving nature, he will be greatly missed by those he left behind.
Bill is survived by his partner, Gwen Sapienza; daughter; Dawn Sapienza, son-in-law Dewayne Manley; grandson, Jason, and his wife Erin Hadden; great-grandchildren Jason II, Jocelyn and Logan, all of Rock Island, Ill.; mother-in-law Patricia Larson, Samantha Lyons, Zoey and Kaden Lyons, all of Iola; Brian and Rachel Blagburn, Nashville, Tenn.; great-nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Gayla Neufeld, Oklahoma. Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, a World War I veteran; father-in-law Buford Larson and nephew Jeremy Larson.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m., Saturday at the VFW on U.S. 54 in LaHarpe. The family welcomes and will appreciate any fellow veterans or SEK residents who would like to attend his memorial to honor his service to our country and his life here as an Iola resident.
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Cooper Studios Dance Center dancers will bring the magic of “The Nutcracker,” to Iola once again this holiday season. This year the company will have a special guest dancer.Alec Roth, a professional dancer from Milwaukee, Wis., will perform multiple scenes with the... [More]
Brock Artis will run his way back to Oklahoma. The Tulsa native spent the past two seasons running for Allen Community College’s cross country program and has signed a letter of intent to run for Oklahoma City University.The NAIA school boasts an enrollment of 3,770 students... [More]
PLEASANTON — Crest High secured a 55-26 win on the road against Pleasanton Tuesday.Thanks to a huge second-quarter scoring outburst, the Lancers eased to victory. Crest outscored Pleasanton 32-5 in the quarter. “Offensively, we weren’t great. But, we are getting... [More]
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