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Francois Kosednar

July 9, 1931 – June 4, 2022

Francis Kosednar died on Saturday June 4, 2022, at the age of 90. He was born on July 9, 1931, in Milwaukee, to Louis and Anna Kosednar. Frank graduated from Marquette University in 1953.

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He joined the Marine Corps and went to candidate school in Quantico, Virginia, then served in Japan and Korea. After his military service, Frank was employed by Northwestern Mutual in 1955 and retired in 1990 after more than 35 years of service in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in Vice President of Administrative Services. Frank married his first wife, Dolores Kucera, in 1956 and was the father of their nine children. In 1980 Frank married Melba Steele, who predeceased him in 1991. Frank married Sue Peterson in 1992 and shared his retirement years with Sue in Waukesha, his winters in Tucson, Arizona, and his travels until his death in 2011. Frank has resided in Waukesha since 1960.

Frank was unrelentingly kind and generous and a firm believer in serving others. He belonged to the Waukesha Mental Health Association where he served as president and board member for five years. While at Northwestern Mutual, Frank was active with United Way of Milwaukee and served on the Review Board for five years.

Frank was a nature enthusiast and enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, gardening, bird watching and deterring squirrels. He has volunteered at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha and Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona.

Frank was predeceased by his siblings Louis, Sue and Rita.

Frank will be deeply missed by his siblings John and Francine; his children Timothy, Michael (Kathy), Jane, David (Marty Kral), Patricia, Kathryn, Valerie (Mark Greico), Mary and Daniel (Kimberly Vrubley); 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and more; his stepchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

A burial ceremony will be held Friday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at Prairie Cemetery in Waukesha. After this service, a celebration of life will be held at the Thunder Bay Grille in Pewaukee from 4-6 p.m.

Frank was grateful to the staff at Avalon Square who provided him with excellent care during the last years of his life. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to Avalon Square/Presbyterian Homes to support their mission


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services serves the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.comor call 262-542-6609.