Francis August Schraufnagel, 99, Brownsville, died Feb. 7, 2019, at Hope Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lomira
Francis was born June 1, 1919, in Fond du Lac, the son of Joseph A. and Theresa (Feucht) Schraufnagel of LeRoy.
Francis married "the love of his life," Helen Elenore Lehmann, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in LeRoy on Nov. 25, 1942.
Francis worked for the Mayville Co-op in the early 1940s, then dairy farmed for many years and later in life worked at Mayville Metal Products until his retirement.
Francis' passion was his wildlife oil paintings but also worked with charcoal and black on white scratch drawings as well. In his early 90s, Francis painted old steam engine trains with valley and mountain background scenery. Francis hung up his paint brush in his early 90s, but did continue to dabble with scratch drawings.
Francis along with his wife Helen were members of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church choir and sang in it for many years, Francis retiring from it in his early 90s.
Francis is survived by his seven children, Steven (Diane) Schraufnagel of Fond du Lac, Juliann Bashaw (friend Darrell Gundelach) of Fond du Lac, Elizabeth "Eli" Miritz of Fond du Lac, Leslie (Mary) Schraufnagel of Fox Lake, Anne (Glenn) Loest of Kansas, City, Missouri, Mary Clark of Brownsville and Patricia(Dan) Wiesner of Neenah; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Francis is also survived by his sister Martha Cisler of Greenfield and sister-in-law Marie Schraufnagel of LeRoy. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Francis was preceded in death by his wife Helen on Aug. 19, 1990. Also preceding Francis were his brothers Alfred, Norbert, Hubert, Leonard and Carl and sisters Loretta, Sister Philomene and Alice; two sons-in-law, Larry Clark and Terry Bashaw; one great-grandchild, Bryant Summers; 15 sisters-in-law and nine brothers-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in LeRoy with the Rev. Tom Biersack presiding. Visitation will be held Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at St. Andrew Cemetery in LeRoy.
The family of Francis thanks the Staff at Hope Health & Rehabilitation Center, Lomira, Agnesian Health Care Hospice for all the care Francis received over the past few years. We also thank Dan Feucht for his many visits, stories and jokes he had for Dad during that time.
Memorials for Francis can be directed to St. Andrew’s Church, Hope Health and Rehabilitation in Lomira, or the American Cancer Society
Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information, visit KoepsellFH.com.