Francis A. Kohlnhofer
Francis A. “Franny” Kohlnhofer, age 89, of Greenwood, WI passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial of cremains will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Saturday from 9:30am until time of service
Francis Anton Kohlnhofer was born on November 24, 1929 in the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, to Joseph and Margaret (Shober) Kohlnhofer. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Greenwood Public Schools. After completing his education, Franny farmed and worked out West following the harvest crews. He was inducted in to the U.S. Army in February 1951 and served until his honorable discharge in February 1953. He was united in marriage to Carolyn J. Koci on June 7, 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. They farmed 3 miles north of Greenwood until retiring in 1993. During his retirement, Franny enjoyed driving the Mennonites, making maple syrup and growing pumpkins.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, and the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.
Franny had many interests, but especially enjoyed his Canada fishing trips with the boys; traveling; raising deer, sheep, ducks, geese and guinea hens; incubating eggs, going for rides, and he loved to visit.
He is survived by 3 children: Gary (Carol) of New Berlin, Renee (Dan) Slowiak of Thorp, Scott of Greenwood; 3 grandchildren: Brandon (Samantha) Slowiak of Wausau, Dustin Slowiak (fiancé Jenny Goodwin) of Minneapolis, Laura Kohlnhofer of New Berlin; one great-granddaughter: Brinley Linae Slowiak; one sister: Barbara DeMar of McHenry, IL; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carolyn, on June 8, 2012; one sister: Mag Kettner; and 4 brothers: John, Victor, Clayton and Joseph Kohlnhofer.