Emil Frank, 91

obit-emil-frankEmil Frank, of Brainerd, passed away July 16, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital, Mayo Clinic, in Rochester.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, July 19, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Brandon Moravitz officiating. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley.

Emil was born Dec. 22, 1921, on the family farm in rural Schefield, N.D., son of Anton and Katherine (Wandler) Frank. Emil enjoyed helping his parents on the farm, regularly attending Mass and time spent serving as an altar boy. He was taught by the Sisters of Notre Dame who inspired him to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. During World War II, Emil served in the United States. Navy as a cook and a baker. On June 18, 1952, he was united in marriage to Patricia Lampert, in Bowlus. Emil was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, devout Catholic and lifelong educator. Emil was a principal at Garfield and Lowell Elementary Schools in Brainerd for many years. After retirement, Emil and Patricia enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their summer home on Sylvan Lake, near Pillager and wintered in Green Valley, Ariz. before returning to Brainerd in 2006. He had resided with his daughter Karen for the last three years, in Rochester. The family would like to acknowledge the assistance in care of Emil by Jackie and Tom Maier, Adult Services of Rochester.

He is survived by his daughter Karen of Rochester ; son David (Deb) of Brainerd; grandchildren, Ryan and Jessica; one sister, Helen Dassinger; and many nieces, nephews, brother and sister-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Patricia; brothers, Jack, Valentine, Ralph and his sisters, Mathilda and Jean.

Brenny Funeral Chapel