Jan. 5, 1920 - Nov. 9, 2006
Frank Westerdale of Pickerel joined his loving wife of 64 years, Evelyn, in eternal life Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, after complications from receiving chemotherapy to treat a return of colon cancer. He was 86.
He was born Jan. 5, 1920, in Waukesha, the only son of Percy and Ruth (Brockway) Westerdale. Shortly after marrying Evelyn Condon on Oct. 11, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country during World War II from July 1942 to November 1945 and was stationed in the Pacific Ocean. Frank served as a Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class and earned a Bronze Star, a Good Conduct Medal, an American Defense Bar and an Asiatic Pacific Bar.
After his service, he lived on Lake Keesus and in Sussex and raised his family of five children. He enjoyed many activities with his family, including scouting, fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling and golfing. He loved the beauty of the outdoors and the company of family and friends.
As a carpenter, he built two of the homes in which he raised his family. In later years, he built his sonís home and helped remodel all of the other childrenís homes.
He continued to enjoy many activities in the North Woods where he and his wife Evelyn retired to for the past 20 years on Lily Lake. A member of St. Maryís Catholic Church of Pickerel, he followed Evelyn in faith and will always be loved and missed.
Frank is survived by his two daughters, Ann Vuckovic of Waukesha and Carol (Ronald) Hein of Hartland; three sons, Carl (Kathy) Westerdale of Eagle, Paul (Barbara) Westerdale of Oconomowoc and Barry (Susan) Westerdale of Johnson Creek; his 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; and his sister ,Virginia Seifert of Sebastian, Fla.
In addition to Evelyn, Frank was preceded in death by son-in-law, Bernard Vuckovic, and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Race and John Seifert.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Monday, Nov.13, at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Pickerel. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Weber-Hill Funeral Home of Crandon, (715) 478-2322, is assisting the family with the arrangements.