Cmdr. Conrad G. Farner, U.S. Navy Reserves, retired

May 1, 1915 - May 13, 2008

Retired U.S. Navy Reserves Cmdr. Conrad G. Farner of Waukesha died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at LindenGrove Health Care Center in New Berlin at age 93. He was born in Milwaukee on May 1, 1915, the son of Ernst and Anna Frances (nee Martin) Farner.

During his youth, he was active in the Land ‘o Lakes baseball league. On June 14, 1941, he married his beloved wife, Margaret (nee Byrne). He was a graduate of Carroll College, received his law degree from Marquette University, and also received a master’s degree in education. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II, Korea and then 28 years in the Navy Reserves. He received his commission from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He taught at Roosevelt School for seven years and Steuben Middle School for 21 years. He also was a substitute teacher for the Waukesha School District well into his 80s. Conrad was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars New Berlin Hoeppner Horn Post #5716, the American Legion Post #449 in Elm Grove and in the Waukesha Elks Lodge #400 since 1980. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Margaret "Marge" of Waukesha; his children, Conrad G. (Michaele) Farner of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Marjorie Ann (Jerome) Wegner of Elm Grove, Robert E. (Mary Ann) Farner of Hot Springs Village and Barbara Jean (Stephen) Laedtke of Waupaca; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 15, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. An Elks Lodge of Sorrow service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, May 16, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, with the Rev. Bill Key presiding. Entombment will immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorials are appreciated to LindenGrove Health Care Center, New Berlin, 13755 W. Fieldpointe Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151, or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the entire staff of nurses and doctors at LindenGrove Health Care Center in New Berlin. The kind and compassionate care provided to Conrad was greatly appreciated.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.