Obit: Frane, Donald Victor #2 (1927 - 2008)

Contact: R. Lipprandt

Surnames: Allar, Clement, Engledinger, Feiten, Frane, Gualbert, Jakel, Kilty, Kneiss, Michlig, Navarro, Schneider, Slipek, White

----Source: The Tribune Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., WI), Volume 48, No. 13, March 26, 2008, Page 17

Frane, Donald V. (23 Nov 1927 - 21 Mar 2008)

Donald V. Frane, age 80, of Colby, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at home with his family at his side and under the compassionate care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Donald Victor Frane was born Nov. 23, 1927, in the town of Colby to Victor J. and Catherine (Engledinger) Frane. He attended Colby schools, graduating in 1945.

On Jan. 14, 1950, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, Donald was united in Holy marriage to the former Mary Ann R. Michlig.

The couple made their home in Colby, Wis. Mr. Frane owned and operated Don-Ann Dairy with his wife Mary Ann. Don was "The Milkman," delivering dairy products for Fairmont Dairy. Donnie was employed at several other businesses including, Wick Building Systems in Spencer, Tesmers Plumbing & Heating and the Abbotsford Housing Authority prior to retiring.

Donald was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby, Wis. He cherished the time he could spend with his family. Some activities that Donnie enjoyed were shooting pool, being outdoors and relishing all of nature, hunting and fishing, woodworking, raising livestock and especially sharing his humor. For many years, he raced stock cars, a passion he passed on to several of his children.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann; his children, Gene (Barbara) Frane, Rhinelander, Gary (Yvonne) Frane, Willard, Allen (Carolyn) Frane, Colby, Roger (Laura) Frane, Curtiss, Darlene (Daniel) Schneider, Stratford, Karen Jakel, New Lisbon, Joseph (Linda) Frane, Stratford, Janice (James) Kilty, Spencer, Julie (Sergio) Navarro, Conway, Ark., and Cathy (Joe) Clement, Abbotsford, Wis. Donald is further survived by 29 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Catherine White, Eagle Point, Ore. Besides his parents, Mr. Frane was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary; two grandchildren, Grace and Amanda Clement; two great-grandchildren, Misty Schneider and Peter Feiten; five brothers, Art, Al, Ed, Ted and Vince Frane; two sisters, Lucille Allar and Evelyn Kneiss; and one son-in-law, Charles Jakel.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby, Wis. Father John Gualbert presided. Kathleen Slipek provided music. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Donald’s grandsons; Dale Frane, Jeremy Jakel, Donald Kilty, Jeffrey, Eric and Kyle Frane.

Visitation was held Monday at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary 13-81166



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