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Francis G. Lesperance

Francis G. Franny Lesperance, age 82, of Two Rivers, died on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Francis was born on October 23, 1930, in Pound, WI, son of the late George and Marie (Paremski) Lesperance. He served in the U.S. Air Force in 1953. On September 17, 1955, he married the former Joan Schwartz in Walsh, WI. Francis was employed with W.J. Jones Contractors, Belongie Construction, Louie Orlando Construction, retiring from Mirro Aluminum in 1997 following a 43 year career as a supervisor.

He was master of many talents: painter, bus driver, and mechanic. He owned Francis Lesperance Snow Plowing-Sanding and Storage. Francis was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, and the Elks Lodge #1380 in Two Rivers. He enjoyed deer hunting and working. Most of all, he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dad never met a stranger.

Survivors include one son, Doug Lesperance, Denmark; two daughters and one son-in-law: Diane Lesperance, Manitowoc; Connie and Stephen Wilson, Friendswood, TX; grandchildren: Stacie (Jim) Sanford, Nichole Lesperance, both of Two Rivers; Adam Lesperance, Golden Valley, MN, Joshua Lesperance, Lomira, WI; Matthew Tillmann, Denton, TX; Nicholas Tillmann, Friendswood, TX; great grandchildren: Connor and Kiran Sanford, Aiden Brian Lesperance; friend and mother of his children, Joan Lesperance, Two Rivers; brothers and sisters: Dorothy Stodola, Kewaunee; Leonard (Sylvia) Lesperance, Two Rivers; Lorraine Hetue, Shawano; Bernice (John) Goetz, Oconto; Joyce (Ralph) Seewald, Lena; Betty Jane Lesperance, Peshtigo, Bernard (Pat) Lesperance, Coleman; Violet Kowalczyk, Lena; Marie Boulanger, Two Rivers; Carol (Lyle) Ausloos, Marlene Kortbein, both of Menomonee Falls; and Janice (Gale) Wogsland, Pound; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Elaine Olive, Peshtigo; Arlene (Donald) Kuffel, Marinette; Dolores (Gerry) Ewald, Cary, NC; Dorothy Schwartz, Marinette; Janice (Leo) Puls, Two Rivers; Shirley (Walter) Kotarek, Green Bay; Wayne Adams, Sheboygan; Walter (Alene) Schwartz, Washington Island; and Duane (Linda) Schwartz, Two Rivers. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

 He was preceded in death by a son, Brian Lesperance; brothers: Lester, Clement and Donald Lesperance; sisters: Joan Lesperance, Shirley Lesperance; in-laws: Irene Zorn, Eleanor Schwartz, William Schwartz, and Betty Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3201 Mishicot Rd, Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be Rev. Tom Reynebeau. Burial will follow Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, September 27, 2013, at Klein and Stangel Funeral Home, 1420 22nd St, Two Rivers, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


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