In Memory Of ...
March 21, 1933 - November 07, 2009
Funeral services for Frank will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4400 22nd Avenue. Interment will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM, at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home.
Frank Allan Messerlie, age 76 of Kenosha, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, November 7, 2009.
Born March 21, 1933 in Osage, Iowa, he was the son of the late Ernest and Hazel (Pierce) Messerlie.
He attended Washington Grade School and attended Osage High School in Osage, IA, before graduating from Charles City High School in Charles City, IA.
After graduation, he worked for the Oliver Corporation in Charles City.
In March of 1953, Frank was drafted into the United States Army. He spent basic training with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Breckenridge, KY. He was later transferred to Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where he worked testing blood and nerve gases and destroying old munitions. Frank was honorably discharged in March of 1955.
In 1958, Frank moved to Kenosha to join the automotive industry. He worked for American Motor Corporation for thirty years and for Chrysler Corp for ten years as a tool grinder and tool research engineer. After celebrating his retirement, he enjoyed working at Stein Garden and Gifts, where he enjoyed meeting people and doing odd jobs.
He married Mary Thom on April 23, 1966 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Paris, WI. Their marriage was blessed with eight children and seven grandchildren.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Parish and a past member of the Allemande Square Dance Club, AM Supervisors Club and the Kenasha Club.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Teresa (John) Hagan of Twisp, WA, Mary "Fran" (Don) Beckett of Kailua, HI, Edward (Leslie Clachrie) Messerlie of Platteville, WI, Christopher (Brittany) Messerlie of Fort Bliss, TX, Matthew (Angela) Messerlie of Vilseck, Germany, and Liesl (Chase) Murphy of Lindenhurst, IL; grandchildren, Peter and Joseph Messerlie, Sean, Frank and Kyle Hagan, and Alana and Xander Messerlie. He is further survived by a sister, Anne Twigg of Kenosha, WI, and many loving nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Frank was preceded in death by a son, Peter; two brothers, Jim and Fred Messerlie; two brothers-in-law, Peter Thom and Eugene Twigg; and sister-in-law Jean Leffelman.
Funeral services for Frank will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4400 22nd Avenue. Interment will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM, at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home.
Posted on: November 08, 2009 | By: Guy & Karol Carpenter
Dear Mary and All
Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the passing of a really special man you call husband, father and grandfather. Frank was one of those people who just touches a place in your heart that you know will live in you forever. His sense of humor and compassion with people has left a lasting impression on all of us. He always had a smile on his face and a good thing to say about everyone.
I can still hear him saying to me as a kid about the bumble bee buzz's. He never failed to make us laugh with that line. So many good memories and hope that you all can remember those times.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Guy & Karol Carpenter
Posted on: November 08, 2009 | By: Ivadelle & Jerry Stevenson
Dear Mary & Family:
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Frank. He was a very caring
person and was always thinking of others. He was great to me during the loss of Jim. I am sure
that many people thought that he was someone special. I have many happy memories of him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
Jerry & Ivadelle Stevenson
Posted on: November 11, 2009 | By: Keith, Linda, and Kallie Thomson
Dearest Messerlie Family,
I read in the Holy Rosary Bulletin Last Sunday That Frank was sick. I've prayed daily and will continue to do so. I have been helped (sometimes daily) while employed at Chrysler by one of the most friendliest people I knew- Frank. He often helped even when I did not realize it and I will forever hold a special spot in my heart for Frank as well as all of you. What an accomplishment in life to be blessed with All of You. Frank always had time to tell a story about one of you and I loved to watch his eyes sparkle as he told them. I wanted to express my family’s condolences. I also wanted to extend a thought that has helped me through tough times like this. Try to concentrate on all the great memories of Frank. The laughter, jokes, stories, and Life lessons offered by Frank have taught us all. In Our hearts Frank will always be alive and well.
Keith, Linda, and Kallie Thomson
Posted on: November 11, 2009 | By: Thomson @ Weber
To the family of Frank Messerlie
We offer you our deepest sympthony. You are all with us in our prayers.
Lynn and Ruth Thomso
Ron and Diane(Thomson) Weber
Posted on: November 11, 2009 | By: Betsy Benoit
Dear Mary and Messerlie family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, as you mourn the loss of your beloved Frank. We feel very blessed to had the opportunity to meet Frank, to enjoy his humor, and witness the love he had for his family. With Love, Betsy and Jim Benoit Samantha Murphy (Betsy's entire family send their heartfelt condolences)
Posted on: November 11, 2009 | By: Jan Hupp & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathy.
Jan Hupp & family
Patty & John Bella
Tom & Penny Hupp
Ann & Dick Seng