Francis Zummach Obituary
 
In Memory of

Francis Zummach

January 28, 1911 - April 30, 2012
Obituary

Francis E. Zummach entered into Eternal Life on April 30, 2012. He was born in Milwaukee on January 28, 1911 to Harry W. and Josephine B. Zummach. Frank was married for fifty years to Dorothy S. Zummach (nee Cunningham) who preceded him in death in 1990. Additionally he was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers. Frank was a 1935 graduate of Marquette University Law School, having previously graduated from Marquette University High School and Marquette University. He excelled as a student as a well as an athlete at both institutions and was noted particularly for his basketball skills. Following his four years as a player...
Francis E. Zummach entered into Eternal Life on April 30, 2012. He was born in Milwaukee on January 28, 1911 to Harry W. and Josephine B. Zummach. Frank was married for fifty years to Dorothy S. Zummach (nee Cunningham) who preceded him in death in 1990. Additionally he was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Frank was a 1935 graduate of Marquette University Law School, having previously graduated from Marquette University High School and Marquette University. He excelled as a student as a well as an athlete at both institutions and was noted particularly for his basketball skills. Following his four years as a player for Marquette University he continued as an assistant coach until 1939. At that time he married Dorothy and moved to Sheboygan to establish his law practice and coach the Sheboygan Redskins of the National Basketball League, coaching from 1939 to 1942. At the time of his death he was the oldest Marquette University basketball player and NBL coach. At the age of 101 he was inducted into the Marquette University High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Specializing in real estate and probate work he continued to practice law until he retired in 1996 at the age of 85.
For seventy-two years Frank was a faithful member of St. Clement Catholic Parish. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1944. He is a past board member of Calvary Cemetery and a member of the Sheboygan County and State Bar organizations. He enjoyed many years playing golf as a Pine Hills member and was an avid bowler participating in league and tournament competition. He became a director of Sheboygan Savings and Loan Association in 1949 and continued in that capacity through several name and ownership changes, resigning in 1997.
Frank was a very kind, humble, and generous individual who quietly touched the lives of many. His deep faith, family, and sense of loyalty to those he knew were the core of his being. Family members loved to hear his stories, especially those involving his youthful days at his family's Lake DeNoon cottage and his college and professional basketball experiences.
He is survived by his children, Mary Jo (Les) Maercklein of Delmar, NY and Jerry (Diane) Zummach of Sheboygan. He is proud grandfather of Eric (Peggy) Maercklein of Whitefish Bay, WI, Liz (Mike Cavanagh) Vincelette of Glenmont, NY, Christopher (MaryBeth) Maercklein of Guilderland, NY, Kevin (Kim) Maercklein of Albany, NY, Geralyn (Scott) Theune of Appleton, WI, Dana (John) Burke of Centennial, CO, Thomas (Cheryl) Zummach of Omaha, NE, and Chad (Melinda) Zummach of Gunnison, CO; twenty-three great-grandchildren; a nephew, nieces, and cousins.
The family would like to express its appreciation to Frank's many caregivers at the Sheboygan Senior Community where he resided for the last five years. A special thanks also to Carol whose years of loving care meant so much to him and to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice staff for their wonderful assistance during his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 St. Clement Catholic Church. Rev. James E. Connell, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. A time of visitation and support will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in the name of Francis E. Zummach.

"Jerry my sincerest sympathy to you and Mary Jo and you family. I can't say for certain what grade at St. Clements we were in when your dad tried his best..." mike schilder (hilton head island, SC)

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