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Francis K. Wismer

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 26, 2007 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

In Memorial

Mr. Francis K. "Frank" Wismer, 93, died peacefully at the home of his daughter Betty Phillips in Pittsboro, NC on September 26.

Born in Norristown, PA, Frank received a degree in structural engineering in 1936 from Penn State University, where he played on the varsity football team for three years, and received academic honors in The Tau Beta Pi honorary fraternity. After graduation he joined the Bethlehem Steel Company, where he worked for forty-two years, advancing to the rank of Division Superintendent for Labor and Construction. His division built and maintained the now historic blast furnaces. In 1939, he married Frances McCormick of Laurel, MS. The family resided in Bethlehem, PA, until 1983 when they moved to Delton, FL. His beloved wife died in 2001, and Frank moved to Pittsboro in February of this year.

Frank is survived by two daughters, Betty and her husband Robert Phillips, and Barbara and her husband John McManus of Rye, NY; three grandchildren, Prentice Clark of West Harrison, NY, and Jason and Joshua Pells of Austin, TX; and a niece, Nadine Reiff of Norristown, PA. He will be buried beside his loving wife in Bethlehem. Memorial donations may be sent to St Julia Catholic Church, 210 Harold Hart Road, Siler City, NC 27344.

Arrangements are in care of Griffin Funeral Service and Cremation, Pittsboro, NC. Online condolences: www.griffinfuneral.com. Select obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Francis K. Wismer”

Condolence from Elaine C. Dunn on October 1st, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Betty and Family,
I was very sorry to hear about you father. He certainly was blessed with a long life.
I was so happy to see him at the last class reunion. He seemed
wonderful then. I was truly amazed
at how great he seemed.
If you are having a memorial or anything in Bethlehem, please
let me know as if possible, I would
like to attend.
Love and sympathy,
Elaine Marie

Condolence from Cinda Couch Jensen on October 5th, 2007 12:00 am

Dear Betty and Barbara –

My condolences on the death of your handsome father. He did indeed live a long life, and I remember how devoted he was to your mother. To solve the mystery, I lived directly across from you on Cloverleaf Street 1655 during my growing-up years. Here I am still in Bethlehem where Tom and I have lived since we were married in 1960! I couldn’t resist sending a message. It seems the older I get, the more attached to the past I become.

Best wishes – Virginia aka Cinda Couch Jensen

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