Dec. 28, 1946 – Sept. 26, 2011
Fran was born and raised in Oconomowoc and graduated from Oconomowoc High School. Following graduation, he obtained the job of his life at HUSCO in Waukesha, where he later retired. He also worked many odd jobs. In June of 1967, he married Donna Fish and to this union two children were born, Marcia Ann Vedner Smith and Robert Paul Vedner. They lived in many places, ending in Hartland. Fran enjoyed wine making, photography and the sleight-of-hand magic, which he shared with his best friend, Paul. His love of cookbooks brought him to open a cookbook store for several years. Fran was a veteran of the Army National Guard Red Arrow Unit stationed out of Oconomowoc from 1965 until 2011.
Fran is survived by one daughter, Marcia (Allen) Vedner-Smith of Teague, Texas; one son, Robert Vedner of Sherman, Texas; three grandchildren, Christopher Golly of Lincoln, Neb., Clarissa Patton of Teague and Brady Patton of Minneapolis, Minn.; four great-grandchildren; his life partner, Doreen Harris of Sussex; two sisters, Claudia (Donald) Dibble of Merton and Mary Sodergren (significant other Duane Gensheimer) of Stephenson, Mich.; nieces, Karen (Brian) Barker of New Berlin and Stephanie (Ronald) Sodergren-Klein of Wallace, Mich.; nephews, Dennis Dibble of Merton, Brian (Debra) Sodergren of Stephenson and Bradley Sodergren of Stephenson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends.
Fran was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Belva Vedner; one granddaughter, Danielle Vedner; and his longtime friend, Paul Speiglehoff.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Monday, Oct. 3, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will be held privately at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265; or to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home at 547-4035 or go towww.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.