Frank J. Derer, 87


Frank J. Derer passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the age of 87. Frank was born on Feb. 6, 1926, in Madison to Marcus and Frances (nee Undras) Derer. He married the love of his life, Alice Harrison, on Sept. 4, 1948, at St. Bernardís Catholic Church in Madison. Frank proudly served his country as a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Navy.

Frank received his masterís plus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in art and education. He went on to dedicate more than 37 years as an art teacher in the West Bend School District. He had a passion for painting, but he also enjoyed jewelry, pottery and woodworking. He was also involved in the West Bend Art Gallery. To this day, many of Frankís artworks are displayed and cherished in the homes of family and friends.

Frank was an avid fan of the Packers, Brewers and Bucks. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Frank always put others first and was a prime example of kindness and generosity. He was a member of both the National Education Association and Jesus Our Shepherd in Nenno. Frank is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alice; children Judy (Mike) Nee, Barb (Tom) Krutza and Jim (Sandy) Derer; grandchildren Dan (Karla) and Dustin Mayer, Lindsay (Adam Schroeder) Nee, Jeff (Tiffany) Krutza, Jamie (Nick Cotrill) Krutza, Sarah (Luke) Misiak, and Mike Derer; and great-grandchildren Kassidi and Jaxon Krutza and Drew and Evan Misiak. He is further survived by his sister-in-law Ida Motiff, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

A memorial service for Frank will be at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend, with the Rev. Frank Baiocchi presiding. Gathering will be at the funeral home from 1-2:15 p.m. on Friday.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cedar Community, Cedar Bay East, Cedar Hospice, Dr. Michael Mosley, and all their caring friends for their support during this time.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.