WARNER B. WIRTAWarner Baxter Wirta, 80, of Superior, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth.
WARNER B. WIRTA
1933 – 2013
Warner Baxter Wirta, 80, of Superior, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth.
Warner was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Embarrass, to Samuel and Clara (Linklater) Wirta. He graduated from Embarrass High School in 1952 and was a proud member of the “Flying Finns” track team. He received his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State College in Emporia, Kan., where he met and married Martha Hutchins on July 30, 1960. He taught phy.-ed and civics at Orr High School for 13 years; and then worked as a social worker for the Veteran Administration, retiring in 1996.
Warner had served in the U.S. Army; was a member of Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Eugene Wirta.
Warner is survived by his wife, Martha; children Anna (Scott) Wirta-Kosobuski, Les (Zina Micklewright) Wirta and William (Vicky) Wirta; sister Helen Woods; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Dec. 27, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave, Duluth.
Interment service will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet with Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard.
See the family online guestbook at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net