Zebro, Frank Sr.
Frank Zebro Sr., 90, Mosinee, died peacefully with his family at his side Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau.
He was born October 14, 1923, the son of Louis and Mary (Kotecke) Zebro, in Mosinee. On June 12, 1951, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Hall at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marathon. She survives.
Frank attended a one room school in the town of Moon through 8th grade. He went on to help run the family farm where he lived his entire life. Frank's life was centered around his faith in God, his love of family and his involvement in community service.
A lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee, he served as an usher for many years and was honored to be selected as one of the first Eucharistic Ministers.
With an interest in politics, he served as Chairman of Western Towns Association. He proudly served as Clerk for the town of Emmet for 59 years and for 20 years on the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, Finance Committee.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, giving balance in life of hard work and play. His enjoyment of sports spanned from his early years of playing baseball for Halder in the Marathon County League through following sports activities his children and grandchildren participated in. Attending the Mosinee Reunion Baseball games became a tradition as many of his children and grandchildren participated every year. He was always the one to get a ballgame going, whether it was baseball, volleyball or the famous football games played during Packer halftime.
Besides sports and following the Packers and Brewer games, he enjoyed reading, especially history. He listened to his favorite polka music every Sunday and years ago would play harmonica at family gatherings.
His sense of humor could be found in humorous trail signs in his woods, to displays around the yard, or a note or letter to a family member. He had the ability to visit with anyone he met and would usually leave them chuckling.
His home served as his office where town business and social visits were part of his everyday life.
Besides his wife, Mary, he is survived by his twelve children, Frank (Karen) Zebro, Mosinee, Jackie (Andy) Dupuis, Mosinee, Gary (Diane) Zebro, Mosinee, Ken (Connie) Zebro, Wausau, Connie (Mike) Stanley, Marathon, Cathy (Joe) Beltrand, Green Bay, Steve (Kelli) Zebro, Mosinee, Vickie (Francis) Martin, Marathon, Mary (John) McHugh, Mosinee, Dan (Cathy) Zebro, Mosinee, Jean (Bob) Griesmer, Edgar and David (Lora) Zebro, Mosinee, 37 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren, with the most recent great granddaughter being born March 15, 2014. Frank is also survived by two sisters, Lillian Doze, Mosinee and Helen (John) Belovek, Wausau; two sisters-in-law, Delores Maguire, Mosinee and Evelyn Hilber, Marathon; two brothers-in-law, Roland Hall, Wausau and Robert Hall, St. Peters, Missouri, along with many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his parents were, three brothers, John, Walter and Stanley; four sisters-in-law, Bernice Zebro, Bernice Knetter, Mary Lou Hall and June Hall; five brothers-in-law, Ed Hall, Roger "Dick" Hall, Robert Knetter, James Maguire and Art Hilber and a granddaughter, Amanda Zebro.
Services will be at 10:00 am Thursday, March 20, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. Visitation will resume on Thursday from 8:30 - 9:30 am at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church Building Fund.
The family would like to thank the staff at Benedictine Living Community, Wausau and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Palliative Care Unit as well as Dr. William Johnston and Dr. Sandra Larson for the comfort and care given not only to Frank, but the entire family. Thank you to all who kept Frank in their thoughts and prayers.
Beste Funeral Home
611 3Rd St Mosinee, WI 54455
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Mar. 18, 2014