Frank L. Katarincic

Frank L. Katarincic of Grafton succumbed to a long-term illness at the age of 68 on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at his home, with Wendy, his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, by his side. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton. Visitation will take place on Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., prior to the memorial service.

Frank was born on Jan. 15, 1940 in Escanaba, Mich. He graduated from Holy Name High School, class of 1958, and attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn. on an academic scholarship. He earned a degree in mathematics from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich.

On June 22, 1962, Frank married Wendy (nŽe Hansen), also of Escanaba, Mich. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Anthony and Michael, to whom Frank was a completely devoted and loving father. The family lived in Dayton, Ohio and South Milwaukee before settling in Grafton in 1972.

Frank excelled in all sports while growing up in Escanaba. Known as "Jet" in high school, he was a four-year starter at quarterback, shooting guard, and shortstop. His American Legion baseball team was the Michigan State Champions of 1955. Frank was also his class president for four straight years. Frank’s love of sports and leadership carried on throughout his lifetime. He was known for being a staunch Michigan Wolverine fan. He was active in coaching Little League Baseball and Grafton Gladiator Football and was a founding member of the Grafton Little League. Frank was also active in the Grafton community, as an active member of the Grafton Booster Club, Grafton Lions Club and Grafton Chamber of Commerce. Frank was fondly remembered as a guy who would volunteer his time to help and as someone who got things done.

Frank spent 17 years as vice president of SSM Management Services, where he oversaw data management for numerous state hospitals. In 1989, Frank left SSM and opened his own business, Payroll Providers, Inc., which he ran until his retirement in 2002.

Frank was known for his mischievous, rabble-rousing good nature, and love of laughter and fun. He loved to spend time with his friends and family and took great joy in the accomplishments of his sons and grandchildren. His competitive nature kept him active in golf, horseshoes and numerous other activities. His smile, laughter and good sense of humor will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Frank is survived by his wife, Wendy; and his two sons, Tony (Mary) and Mickey; his three grandchildren, Keaton, Donovan and Sophia; his brothers, John, Jim and Robert (Annette); and his sister, Rosemary. He is further survived by numerous other relatives and countless friends and associates.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wisconsin, the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin or the Interfaith Caregivers of Grafton. Visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.