Molik, Francis C.
Francis C. Molik, formerly of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2013. He was born on January 29, 1918 in Chicago, IL to the late Kazmir and Sophia (Twardzyk) Molik. He was the second oldest of twelve children. The family moved to Green Bay and settled on Garland Street. Francis graduated from St. Mary's Grade School and then went to vocational school for two years. At the age of 16, he joined the CCC and then went into the National Guard. When World War II started, he joined the Army, where he fought in the European Theater. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After being honorably discharged in 1945, he moved to Milwaukee where he began working at Milprint. He worked there for 38 years.
It was in Milwaukee where he met the love of his life, Domicelle Erdman. They were married on June 25, 1947 at St. Alexander Catholic Church. They raised two children and had a wonderful life. They were married 63 years at the time of her passing on November 26, 2010. Francis enjoyed fishing, card playing and dancing the Polka. He especially enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very handy and was the smartest man who never went to college. In 2009, Frank and Dom moved to Green Bay to be closer to their daughter. Due to some health problems, he moved to his son's home in Eden Prairie, MN in 2012 where he passed away.
He will be greatly missed by his children, Margaret (John) Schneider, Green Bay; Michael (Sandra) Molik, Eden Prairie, MN; five grandchildren, David (Janis) Schneider, Cathy (Aaron) Willems, Diane (Michael) Shea, Marc (Elizabeth) Molik and Laura (Caleb) Sullivan; four great-grandchildren, Kayla, Austin, Alex and Emily Willems; two step-great-grandchildren, Alicia and Logan Shea. He is also survived by one brother, Peter (Mimi) Molik, Green Bay; two sisters, Lorraine (Kenneth) Shenian, Waukesha; and Rita (Lee) Doherty, De Pere; two sisters-in-law, Jean Molik and Pat Molik, both of Green Bay. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Willems; four brothers, John (Marion), Edward, Jerome and Paul; three sisters, Sophie Molik, Helen (Gene) Bettis and Irene (William) Schweiner; his in-laws, Francis and Leocadia Erdman; two sisters-in-law, Marcella (James) Halkey and Seraphine (Albert) Brasfield; other relatives and friends.
Friends may call at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Lane, on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral Mass 1 p.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Mark Vander Steeg officiating. Entombment in the Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being established.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2013