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Wesley “Wes” A. Pribla

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Wesley “Wes” A. Pribla, 96, of Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Woodstock, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Granger, Ind.

He was born Nov. 15, 1916, in New York, N.Y., to Anton and Eugenia (Charytanska) Pryzbyla.

On May 30, 1946, he married Lorraine R. Cyze in Chicago.

He was the owner of the Wesley Fur Shop on the Square in Woodstock. He developed dairy pre-forming equipment and was the owner-president of Weslor Manufacturing in Woodstock. He retired to Lakeland in 2000.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, VFW, Elks, Moose and Knights of Columbus in Woodstock. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and received the Silver Star.

Survivors include a son, Wesley R. (Linda) Pribla, Woodstock; two daughters, Kathie (John) Sebastian, Holly Springs, N.C., and Cindy (Joe) Maloney, Granger; eight grandchildren, Todd (Janet) Rudsinski, Amy (Jeff) Balcer, Rhea (Sam) Balsley, Liana Pribla, Ryan (Alicia) Maloney, Kerry (Daniel) Gahleitner, Erin Maloney and Lauren Dillon; nine great-grandchildren, Sophia, Lila and Ian Balsley, Hannah and Gabriella Dillon, Emely Rudsinski and Kale, Levi and Evan Balcer; and a sister, Christine (Jerry) Long, Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Eugene Matthews; and his parents.

A memorial Mass was Nov. 30 at Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Ind.  Arrangements were made by the Palmer Funeral Home – Hickory Chapel, South Bend. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., at a later date. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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