Francis "Frank" ASENBRENNER
FUNERAL HOME
Mueller-Bies Funeral Home
2130 N. Dale St.
Roseville, MN
Age 81 Of Roseville Passed away peacefully on December 31, 2014, surrounded by his children. Preceded in death and now reunited in the Kingdom of Heaven with Margaret, his loving wife of 52 years. Devoted father to Jim Asenbrenner, Mary Zimmer, Jean Liss, Kathy Aziz, Tom Asenbrenner, Sue Eichten, Barb Atkinson and Peg Sutherland, and their spouses and 16 grandchildren. Born in Leopolis, WI, Frank came to Minnesota to attend the College of St. Thomas where he graduated with a music education degree. Frank's life was driven by 3 central themes to which he selflessly dedicated his life: God, his family and his role as the principal and band director of Hill-Murray High School. An ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, Frank lived each day guided by his values and unwavering faith in God. He led by example and touched and inspired many. Known simply as 'Mr. A' within the Hill-Murray community, Frank served as principal and superintendent of the school for 30 years from the time of its founding in 1972. Music being his ultimate passion, he was widely known as the highly energetic and enthusiastic band director. He was instantly recognizable by his iconic green jacket and beloved for his dedicated and contagious school spirit. For so many, 'Mr. A' was the very personification of Hill-Murray that motivated, influenced and positively impacted countless students over the years. He was genuinely admired, respected and loved, and will be greatly missed. Memorials to the Hill-Murray Frank & Margaret Asenbrenner Education Fund. 2625 Larpenteur Ave. E., Maplewood, MN 55109. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 AM Monday, January 5 at the CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION, 51 W. Seventh St., St. Paul. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation from 2-6 PM Sunday at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ County Rd. B and also at church on Monday from 9-10 AM. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550




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Francis and I grew up, living about 6 miles apart. We went to High-school together. We had a dance band together and spent many happy occasions together. Yes, we have lost a very dear person. The Francis you knew now was the same Francis 60+ years ago. Sad to say his only brother died about a month ago and now there is just Ellie, also a dear sister. Over the past years, we lived hundreds of miles apart yet the fond friendship never died. Sadly as the Psalmist said at Psalms 90:9 "We have finished our years just like a whisper."The days of our years are seventy or eighty years, yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things, for it must quickly pass by and away we fly". I have so much more to tell. All good, just ask. Leo
Leo Krueger
January 16, 2015

We wish to express our concern and our sympathy and wish the whole family for the way without your beloved father and grandfather lot of energy and a lot of good thoughts. We will remember Frank by the time together in good memory. Doreen and Stefan Dethlefs, Germany
January 7, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I can remember when he started at Hill Murray and the very first band I ever saw there had maybe a dozen people. And he wrote the school fight song!!!
Well done my faithful servant! No one could have done it any better.
Fond memories and prayers to the family during this difficult time.
Lynette DuFresne (Lais)
January 6, 2015
To Peggy and Family,
Your father will always hold a special place in my heart. He was so much more than a teacher to me. I have never met a more genuine, caring, and giving man. May you find peace in this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Lisa Hoppe
January 5, 2015
My siblings and I had Mr. Asenbrenner for Band at Humboldt High School in the 60's. He was the first teacher to arrive in the morning and the last teacher to leave in the afternoon. He provided individual lessons for all band students from 7th to 12th grade. During football season he took the band to every football game and masterminded multiple band halftime shows each season. I got to sit near him during the games and learned all my game rules from him. He was responsible for most of the school spirit. He also made sure the other sport seasons were well attended by the pep band. He inspired us to enter the annual music contest. The band trip to Bridgeport, CT, via Washington, DC and New York City was a trip of a lifetime. Marching in all the local parades--Winter Carnival, Aquatennial, School Traffic Police,etc. were unforgettable experiences. He nurtured the partnership with American National Bank and Mr. Kane, to benefit all of us. Our concerts exposed us to wonderful music and challenged us musically. He was responsible for our happy high school memories, and his influence has gone with us into adulthood. If all teachers could leave a legacy like his, ... words don't do him justice.

Thank you to his children for sharing him with the rest of us.

Ruth, Joel, Faith, Roger, Nadine, & Justin Matters
January 5, 2015
Dear Sue and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was such a great dad and I have so many great memories of him. I mostly remember him taking us to the hockey games; tagging along with the band. He was a generous and loving man and he will be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Jennifer (Wehrer) Nelson
January 5, 2015
Dear Asenbrenner Family,
Our condolences to you all. Know you will miss your Dad and Grandpa.
Our family has always looked up to Mr A from St Agnes days 1959, through the 80's with our three children, Don, Sara and Bob at Hill Murray. He has been God's faithful servant and we know where he is now.
Mary Adam and Dalton Bugbee
January 5, 2015
Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. What wonderful tributes to him! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sincerely, Barb Polakiewicz
Maplewood, MN
January 5, 2015
May God bless you at this time, sending prayers to the family .
Steve Schneller
Hill Murray
January 5, 2015
My brother Deacon John Mangan was a member of Mr. Asenbreener's dance band the Saints at St.Agnes back in the 50's. We all thought of your Dad and Grandpa as a true gentleman. God Bless. Ginny Mangan Amelse
January 5, 2015
Mr A, we will always remember your cheerful attitude and gentle guidance. You were our band director and our principal, but you were really much more. Thanks so much for everything.
Bob and Emily (Goetz) Nieters
January 5, 2015
We were sorry to hear about the death of Mr. A. We were part of the band members family in 1980 -1984. Mr. A was a wonderful role model for all Hill-Murray students. Jim and Jan Behr
January 5, 2015
Mr.A was truly a great man. "A good and faithful servant".

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the Hill~Murray school community.
P I O N E E R S, P I O N E E R S!
Mary Tacheny
January 5, 2015
Mr A. was the band director at Humboldt High School on the West Side of St. Paul for a number of years prior to his tenure at Hill-Murray. Four kids in our family were very lucky to have been taught by Mr. A. the responsibility and opportunity of knowing how to read music, use and keep our instruments, and taught us military bearing in Marching Band. Another lasting memory -- and a trip of a lifetime for us high school students -- was Mr. A. arranging for the Humboldt Marching Band to march in the P.T. Barnum Parade in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Mr. Asenbrenner was a very fine man, a great teacher and an even better mentor. May God bless him and his family for the devotion he gave to many, many students in our communities.

With fond memories,
Mary Moreno Lien
Benjamin Moreno
Ruth Ann Moreno Belland
Matty Moreno (deceased)
January 4, 2015
My deepest condolences to all who loved him. Mr A was the finest example of a motivational and inspirational leader. He was someone whose passion fueled drive in others...and he has made a big impact on my life. Mr. A. will never be forgotten!
Timitra Carvelli Kelly
January 4, 2015
Mr. A was an outstanding man! I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. A from my days at Hill-Murray and beyond. From directing our band, marching band, and pit orchestra...to band trips (so much fun!) to being such a wonderful role model to all of us. Mr. A taught us love of music, school pride and spirit, and so much about love of life and family. Mr. A always was there with a smile and hug! Marching in Disney, on White Bear Ave and so many more! Great memories from Father daughter dances and dancing with Mr A at our Prom senior year:) Through the years I would run into Mr. A at basketball games at St. Thomas when Mary played. He would always greet me with a smile and a hug. I loved that he came to our class reunions... Seeing him at Ashland Academy when my own kids took lessons there. He was always up for a visit! Most recently Mr. A and I crossed paths at Transfiguration School where I teach. I was blessed with the opportunity to teach one of his grandchildren:) I loved spending time with Mr. A during our grandparents day and seeing him at concerts and in our carline! Always with his big smile-hello-and best of all his hug! Thanks Barb for bringing him to my mom's and dad's funerals. That meant the world to me. I sent prayers to all of you Asenbrenner Kids and grandkids! Your dad/grandpa was one of the best! Love, Julie Thomas Blanda Hill-Murray Class of 1979!
Julie Thomas Blanda HM 1979
January 4, 2015
My sympathy to the family of Frank Asenbrenner. Please let the warm memories of your times together ease your sadness and comfort your hearts.

Al Collinge, St. Thomas Class of 1955 and an "A" Barracks Boarder. Good Memories for me of the years at St. Thomas.
Al Collinge
January 4, 2015
You are all in our special thoughts and prayers! Though we can not be with you we want you to know we are with you in spirit! We loved Margaret and Frank. They were such a part of Hill Murray!!We will have a Mass said for Frank at our parish here in Paola, Ks.God Bless you all. Ray and Larrie Colwell and family;;Sheila, Colleen, Mike, Kathy(Kate),John,Maureen, Kevin, Tim and Tricia; all but Tim and Tricia graduates of Hill Murray.
January 4, 2015
Thirty years of Hiil-Murray classes were fortunate enough to have been led and inspired by Mr. A. Before then he shared his school spirit, his music skills and his enthusiasm for several years at St. Agnes High School. We Aggies, were lucky enough to have known him as well.
Maureen Tauer
January 4, 2015
Prayers to your family. A loss for those of us that had the honor of knowing such a fine man.
The VanGuilders
January 4, 2015
Our Deepest Condolences to all of the Asenbrenner Family. We fondly remember our many great times together with our dear friends, Frank & Margaret, in St.Paul beginning in the 1950's. Frank was instrumental in our lives in so many ways in those early days. Frank will be forever remembered as a dedicated, delightful and honorable man. We mourn his loss, and treasure our memories. May Frank & Margaret rejoice in their reunion.
Howard & Bernadine Schleihs
January 4, 2015
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family at this time of loss. Mr. A was a great leader and truly lived out his life's calling. He will continue to live on in the heart's of all that he has touched throughout the years!
Jan Barnes
January 4, 2015
The Hampl's are very sorry for your loss. Margaret went to be with the lord and your parents this morning. They were very close as you know.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Colleen and Christopher Hampl and family
January 3, 2015
Jennifer Sullivan
January 3, 2015
Mr. A, you will be missed. Your generous and smiling spirit were always so infectious; one of the most positive voices I have ever known. Thank you for contributing to the overall lifetime influence from my experiences at Hill-Murray. You are now finally with your beloved Margaret. My Aunt, Mary Jean is up there directing the choir, now she'll have you at her side again directing the band! God couldn't have two better musicians in heaven. God bless you and your lovely family!
Rae Plaster
January 3, 2015
I am so grateful for the love and support that I received from Mr. A. His dedication to Hill-Murray and the music department gave so many of us a sense of community and camaraderie. He helped us strive for excellence in music, service to others, and exploration of the world around us. Band trips each year were a highlight.
Jim, Mary and Jean, my sympathy to you and your siblings in your loss.
Julia (Hudachek) Armbruster
January 3, 2015
Our deepest sympathy.With Tim(Hill-'67), Barb(HM/ Pioneer Comm Theatre) & 4 boys graduating HM, we had lots of contact with Frank & family.He'll be missed but now he is with Margaret. We will keep him in our prayers & offer Mass on 1-4-15 for him.
Tim, Barb Stage & Family
Tim & Barb Stage
January 3, 2015
To the family and friends of Mr. A - may God bless you all during this difficult time. Mr. A was one of those wonderful people who touched your life in such a way that it made you want to be a better person.


Dee (Ristow) Campbell - Class of '83
January 3, 2015
A really wonderful man! My condolences to Barb and family.

"Hail the Pioneers to victory!"
Eric Muggenburg
January 3, 2015
Julia (Hudachek) Armbruster
January 2, 2015
Before Hill-Murray, Mr. A took a rag tag bunch of kids to a parade in Bridgeport, Conn. and had the foresight to have us raise enough money to visit New York City and Washington D.C. on the way. He was a very wise and beloved teacher of music at Humboldt High and I was one of the graduated senior girls who went along for that wonderful trip! My prayers to his lovely family.
Suzette (Van Guilder) Houle
January 2, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you on the loss of a wonderful dad and friend. Keep those precious memories close to your heart.
Mercedes and Bill Rogers
January 2, 2015
He was the parade on Payne ave. A wonderful man with so much spirit.He was the Master at HMS.Thank-you Mr.A.RIP Bob and MaryAnn Leo
January 2, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Asenbrenner family. I loved watching him lead the HM band in parades and his directing at MCC. He was a very caring person and I appreciated all that he did for me for my years at the Birmingham house. He will be sorely missed by all of you but now he can be with his Margaret. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Diane Lindstrom
January 2, 2015
Mr. A was the most amazing man! He was one of my heros & taught me so very, very much! Mr. A was my band instructor, but he taught me so much about life. He taught us all how important practice was & how not to be afraid of the performance. He taught us how to give it our all and not to be afraid of making mistakes - he taught us to trust our practice & preparations. He found joy in music - but more, in the people who made the music & in all those who enjoyed it! His passing is a huge loss to all of us. My most sincere sympathies are with his family & all he held dear.
MaryFrances Schurb
January 2, 2015
With much love to the family he left behind. Mr. A was my band instructor at St Paul Humboldt High School before moving on to Hill Murray. He was such a positive influence on my life. Truly a leader among men. rest in peace Mr. A...
Ruth Alfveby Blomquist
January 2, 2015
To the Asenbrenner family,

Our thoughts and heart-felt prayers to all of you in the loss of your beloved Dad and Grandpa.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May Your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Kathy Matter and Alana Murphy
Kathy Matter
January 2, 2015
To all of the Asenbrenner family members. Mary Ann and I are currently in Florida for the month of January and are so sorry to miss the funeral of our beloved Frank. We have seen him on a daily basis at Maternity of Mary parish until he could no longer attend. We have and will miss him and continue to pray for him and all of you. Please accept our sympathy and condolences on your loss of such a great man. Just a note of remembrance for you, Jim. I first met your dad at our front door after you and our son Paul had an altercation while at St. Rose school. It was the start of a long and most enjoyable friendship.
Dick and Mary Ann Houck
January 2, 2015
My two sons went to Hill when Mr.A was principal and also did most of the music and they had a great experience there. We parents did too. My grandchildren acted in many plays at his Community Theater. They loved it. He was a fine man. Our condolences to the family.

Bruno & Pat Leone
January 2, 2015
My two sons attended Hill when he was principal and they had a great experience there. We as parents did too.
My grandchildren were very active in the plays at the Community Theatre he owned. They loved it. He was a very special person. Our condolences to the family.

Bruno and Pat Leone
January 2, 2015
Thoughts and prayers with the Asenbrenner family. May his soul rest in peace and rejoice he is with his beloved. Thank you for making the Hill-Murray experience a wonderful one.
Richard C. (Dick) Hogan, HM-82
January 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mr. A was a wonderful man!
Heidi O'Leary
January 2, 2015
I can't say enough about how much Mr. A has meant to our family. Not only as that forever smiling principal we 4 girls had at HM, but also for his friendship over these past 35+ years...especially with our aunt Mary. I can see the two of them and Margaret right now...all having a wonderful, music-filled time in heaven...they're gaining a great one up there!!! All of our love and prayers to the Asenbrenners.
Michelle (Plaster) Jwanouskos
January 2, 2015
So sorry to hear about your Dad. What a wonderful man. Many fond memories. You're in our thoughts & prayers.
Diane (HM Mother's Club) & Roger Lanctot.
Diane Lanctot
January 2, 2015
My memories with Frank began at St. Thomas College continued on with many years at St. Rose of Lima, various church boards and social events. Yes he was a very respectful and wonderful person and I am thankful that I was blessed to know him.

Thoughts and prayers to the Asenbrenner family!

Tom and Pat Schraad
Thomas Schraad
January 2, 2015
Always remember Mr. A as being the true spirit of Hill-Murray - May God bless you at this time..
Class of 81
January 2, 2015
This is one of the best obituaries I have ever read. It personifies Mr. A perfectly. He is a legacy at Hill - I am privileged to be a Pioneer. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family? God bless you.
Cathy (Bannick) Coleman
January 2, 2015
I attended St. Agnes grade and high school. Mr. A. Was also the music teacher for some time there. His positive attitude always touched me.
My condolences and blessings to you.
January 2, 2015
We have nothing but good memories of Mr A during our Hill Murray days. Everyone loved him. He was a very, very good man. Prayers are with you - Dennis and Michelle Bresnahan
January 2, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of Frank's death. We had many fond memories including several band trips and garage sales. We unable to make the funeral as we are currently in the Southwest.
Jim & Ruth Stavsvick
January 2, 2015
Rest in Peace "Mr. A" you have touched many lives in your time here! From teaching my dad, Joe Gockowski, at St.. Agnes in your early teaching years, to band director /principal to my siblings and me, to baptizing my 3 children!!! Thank you for being a part of our lives!

Thoughts and prayers to the Asenbrenner family!
Anne (Gockowski) Hastings
Anne Hastings
January 2, 2015
When I think back on my time as an HM student, Mr. A's face is the first one that comes to mind - his unwavering love for the school, the mission, and the students was unmatched. He will forever by synonymous with my high school career, and be representation of what a role model should truly be. Rest in peace, Mr. A. You lived an amazing life and your influences will stretch world wide for generations to come.
January 2, 2015
Thanks for everything Mr. A.
Jeffrey sherwood
January 2, 2015
To the entire Asenbrenner family, our condolences and prayers. Jeff and Nancy Poferl, St. Jude of the Lake Church
January 2, 2015
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