Francis Biesk

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WOOD RIVER - Francis J. "Frankie" Biesk, 77, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1937, in Golden Eagle, Ill., the son of Joe J. and Ellen M. (Bryant) Biesk. He was formerly married to Dorothy (Brugger) Biesk.

Frankie served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was employed at Colonial Bakery in Alton for 35 years at a route man then became a route supervisor. He then went to work as a route supervisor for Earth Grain. Frankie was a member of Wood River Moose Lodge # 1349 and the Wood River Masonic Lodge # 1062 AF&AM. He was an Avid Carpenter, building houses and doing work throughout the Riverbend area. He loved to golf and spend time in Florida where he was a snow bird.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Missy Biesk of Hartford; a daughter, Julia Frances of Alton; three grandchildren, Morgan and her husband PFC Tyler Robertson, MaKenzie Biesk and Joel Biesk; one granddaughter, Raeleigh; brother, sister's and their spouses, Raymond and Martha Biesk, Rosemary Martin, Ivy and Gerald Eberhart and Theresa Nolte; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Biesk.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the funeral home with Pastor Charles West officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to Hope Animal Rescue in Alton, IL.

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Homes & Crematory
727 E Bethalto Blvd Bethalto, IL 62010
(618) 377-4000
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Published in The Telegraph from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2014
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