Reuben W. J. Frantz
Reuben W. J. Franz age 96 passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.
He was born on February 28,1920 in Oconomowoc to William and Nellie Franz. They moved to a Fall River farm where he grew up. He attended Mudd School, a one-room schoolhouse, until it closed and they joined the Fall River school district. Agriculture was his favorite interest. He attended and took part in Farm Progress Days while working in the Columbus Canning Company, later Stokely VanCamps. Among other things, he went south to recruit college boys to work in the factory. When Stokely’s closed, he went to work for Del Monte in Arlington until his retirement.
Favorite pastimes were his flower garden, especially his roses, his trains and bicycle adventures with friends on many Wisconsin bike trails. Reuben was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church where for 20 years he visited parishioners at the hospital, Larson House and some private homes to distribute holy communion. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Newfoundland during WWWII. He was a member of the American Legion for over 70 years, rising from post commander to state vice-commander.
He was married to Florence Piekalski on November 25, 1945 at St. Adalbert Catholic Church on Staten Island, NY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Florence; three sisters Myrtle Franz Bergmann, Geraldine Franz and Rachel (Chuck) Witte; a favorite niece MaryAnne McGrath; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father in-law and mother-in-law Stanley and Frances Piekalski; sister-in-law Julia McGrath; brother-in-law Stanley Piekalski and two sisters Lillian Olson and Joyce Crossen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 P.M., with visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M., on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at ST. JEROME CATHOLIC CHURCH, Columbus. Rev. Steve Kortendick will officiate. Full military honors will be observed at the church. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to St. Jerome Church.