Dr. Frank J.
May 22, 1945 - Jan. 16, 2013
Dr. Frank J. Wierichs, Jr., 67, died at home after a two year battle with lymphoma. Frank served the south Sarasota County community for 35 years as a neurologist. He was a member of the Sarasota Medical Society; a Board-certified neurologist with the American Academy of Neurology; and a friend, mentor and leader to the staff and patients of Venice Hospital, where he served one term as chief of staff. Frank was a world traveler, an avid sportsman, and a proud native-born Floridian with deep roots in Sarasota County. After a youth spent in Eagle River, WI, and Arcadia and Sarasota, FL, Frank graduated Saint Leo Preparatory School in Dade City, FL. He attended the University of Florida
where he graduated with honors, and then attended Emory University Medical School, where he earned membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society. He undertook his medical internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and then was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving most of his two years at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. He completed his residency in the Emory University Hospital System in Atlanta, whereupon he and his family moved to Venice, FL, in 1977 to establish his practice.
Frank is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son Frank Joseph Wierichs, III, and daughter-in-law Marina DiCarlo-Wierichs of Falls Church, VA; his daughter Leigh Ellen Wierichs and son-in-law Commander R. Michael Masica of Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland; his siblings Mary Salek, of Tampa, FL, Kathleen Way of Lutz, FL, William Wierichs of Tampa, and Carol Sinai of Temple Terrace, FL; and two grandsons, Alexander Joseph Wierichs and Michael Patrick Masica. A memorial will be held at the Venice Community Center on Sunday, January 27, at 1:15. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the American Brain Foundation of the American Academy of Neurology www.curebraindisease.org
) or to Southeastern Guide Dogs (www.guidedogs.org
). Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel has been selected to care for arrangements.