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Francis B. Schindler, 97, of Menomonie and formerly of rural Colfax, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born May 18, 1917, in the Town of Howard, WI.  Francis grew up on a farm in Chippewa County, the third of 11 children of Frank and Gertrude (Zwiefelhofer) Schindler.  He was baptized at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley, where he and his wife Marie were lifelong members.

Francis enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1941 and served as instructor for flight engineers in Texas throughout World War II.  In 1945 he honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent.  When Francis returned home he married Marie Ann Bresina at St. Peters Catholic Church in Tilden on October 19, 1946.  They began dairy farming and raised a family in Colfax, WI.   In the 1970’s Francis retired from farming and began fishing full time. He became a very active member of the Colfax International Coffee Club. Francis loved working with mechanics, doing woodworking, and fishing.  The grandkids still have many of his pieces.

Upon retirement, Francis and Marie traveled and enjoyed many days at their Long Lake cabin where Francis loved to entertain their kids and grandkids.

Francis and Marie often invited Colfax Nursing Home residents for picnics and pontoon rides on the lake.

Before coming to American Lutheran Home in August, 2014, Francis and Marie lived for six years at The Oaks, a senior living facility they loved.

Francis is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marie; five children, Judy Schindler of Menomonie, Duane (Colleen) Schindler of Elk Mound, Leo (Sandy Ott) Schindler of Menomonie, Jane (Robert) Davis of Cecil, WI, and Ann (Ron) Larson of Lake Holcombe, WI; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Schindler Sr. of Chippewa Falls; and his sister, Rita Bresina of Chippewa Falls; also by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard, Harold, Bernard, and Jack; sisters, Gertrude, Audrey, Susan, and Sister Mary Jerome, SSND; also by his son-in-law, Chuck Carlson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley with Father John Potaczek celebrating the Mass.  Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at church.  Military Honors rendered by the Bloomer VFW and American Legion will be held immediately following Mass at church.  Burial will be in the spring in the church cemetery.

Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the family.

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