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Frank W. Foster Jr.

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 8:54 a.m. CDT

KENOSHA, Wis. — Mr. Frank Ward Foster Jr., 88, of Kenosha, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was able to enjoy the company of his family and caregiving angels during the past few weeks.

Frank was born in Springfield, Ill., on Dec. 22, 1924, to Frank and Nettie (Bellinger) Foster. He spent most of his childhood in Elmhurst, Ill., and graduated from York High School in 1942.

From 1943 to 1946, he proudly served in the United States Navy, spending most of that time in the North Atlantic on the Destroyer Escort 210, USS Otter, accompanying ships from the eastern U.S. coast to various Mediterranean ports, including Casablanca. No ships were lost during these operations. He also served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and in China.

Frank and Jean Marie Dresser were married May 31, 1947, in Villa Park, Ill., at the home of the bride’s family. Frank received a bachelor of arts in economics from Elmhurst College in 1951.

Frank and Jean lived in Villa Park until 1978, during which time Frank was active in the community. He served as a trustee for the Village of Villa Park, trustee of the Salt Creek Sanitary District, and a member of the High School District 88 Caucus.

Frank worked for Argonne National Laboratory as a contract administrator for close to 30 years.

Frank was a modest man with a wide variety of interests and talents — rebuilding the engine for their Chevrolet Corvair, rewiring a house with his father, making soap in the style of the early pioneers, and teaching evening classes in mathematics at Proviso East High School.

For several decades Frank was an avid woodworker and worked almost exclusively with walnut for the last 20 years. Always starting with rough sawn boards, he made numerous pieces of beautiful furniture. His specialty however was clocks; varying from regal grandfather clocks to handsome mantel clocks, and always with a hand-rubbed finish.

In 1978, Frank and Jean built their retirement home at the Goose Lake community near Morris, which served as a favorite getaway for the family to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and barbecues. His interests expanded to stained glass and wood carving, and he created many beautiful works of art during those years.

In 1991, Frank and Jean moved into a California-style home in Morris. Their location, nestled in the woods at the top of a ravine overlooking Nettle Creek, provided countless opportunities to observe nature over the next 14 years.

Frank and Jean moved to Kenosha, Wis., at the end of 2005.

Frank is survived by his wife, Jean; their children, James (Janet) Foster of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Michael (Karen) Foster of Joliet, Ill., and Laura (Thomas) Biskie of Morris, Ill; and four grandchildren, Jenna (Jeff) Spielmann of Madison, Wis., Jared (fiancée Grace Huber) Foster of Ann Arbor, Mich., Brian (Shawna Flavell) Biskie of Richmond, Va., and Karen (Andrew) Kaniewski of Clinton, Wash.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Wayne Lami.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3729 39th Ave., Kenosha, Wis. Private inurnment will take place in Alexis Cemetery, Alexis, Ill.

Visitation for Frank will also be Saturday at the funeral home, from noon until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to Hospice Alliance, Inc., 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, Wis., 53158, or the Salvation Army, 3116 75th St., Kenosha, Wis., 53142, would be appreciated.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Guiseppe Garretto, their wonderful caregivers, the United Hospital System, and Hospice Alliance, Inc.

Condolences may be extended online to the family at www.piasecki-althaus.com. Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kenosha, Wis., is in charge of arrangements.

For additional information, call (262) 658-4101.

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