Alfred A. Mantai

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Alfred A. Mantai, 90, of Suring, passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Woodland Village of Suring. He was surrounded by family.

Alfred was born in Latvia on March 2, 1927, a son of the late Otto and Mathilda (Nickolai) Mantai. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and made his home in Chicago. Alfred and his former wife, Wanda, raised four children together. He worked as a mechanic for General Truck Parts in Chicago, later retiring to the Gillett/Suring area.

Alfred was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing. He will be sadly missed.

Alfred is survived by his longtime companion Friedel Mantai, of Suring; his son, Udo Sille, of Ward, Colorado; and his daughters, Angelica Mantai, of Chicago, and Heidi Grabowski, of Naperville, Illinois. He also leaves his daughter-in-law, Mary Sille, of Plainfield, Illinois, his grandchildren, Andrew, Jenna and Steven; and his sisters, Olga (Guenther) Woosmann, of Gillett, and Else Hoffman, of Chicago.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Wolfgang Sille; and his siblings, Wilma Maas, Freida Schmeling, Leo Mantai and Kurt Mantai.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from 12-2 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Chapels, 108 E. Main St., Gillett. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Interment will be in Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery, Gillett.

The family wishes to send special thanks to the staff of Woodland Village of Suring. Their care and compassion for Alfred will always be remembered.

For more information, please visit or call 920-855-2144.