Matthew Bolf

LAURIUM – Matthew Bolf, 92, of Laurium, passed away February 15, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Stillwater, Minn.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 through 1945 during WWII in Alaska (Aleutian Islands), Africa and Europe. He received the Purple Heart award for injuries sustained while in combat.

He was one of hundreds of thousands of military personnel who fought for our country in that period of time, many of them making the supreme sacrifice for us and this country. They are now celebrated as this country’s greatest generation for having served during that period of the war.

He was known in the Copper Country for playing his accordian and harmonica for the past many years at dances, parades, civic events, nursing homes and at McDonald’s in Houghton. He was a self-taught musician who played by ear as he didn’t read music. This musical ability gave him access to our younger generations of people and thus enabled him to remain vibrant and young during his 92 year life.

He is survived by a brother, Andrew Bolf; step-sons, David (Sally) Jasberg of St. Paul, Minn. and Brian Jasberg and family of Peoria, Ill.; and by many nephews and cousins.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10 in the the O”Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock with Rev. Ken Toth to officiate.

The Copper Country Veterans Association will hold military honors. Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Mildred (Jasberg) Bolf who preceded him in death.