In Memory of Frank Falkofske

A Memorial Service is being planned for April 7, 2018, with the time and location to be specified later.

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Frank Freeman Falkofske, age 72 of Ellsworth, WI, died on Thursday, January 18, 2018 surrounded by his family. Frank was born on the family farm in Ellsworth on September 18, 1945, to parents Edwin C. and Nellie M. (Bartlett) Falkofske. Frank attended school in Ellsworth, graduating with the Class of 1963. Frank served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he pursued becoming a teacher, furthering his education at UW-River Falls, earning his Bachelors degree in Art and Phy Ed. Frank would be united in marriage to Mary Hince on April 19, 1975. Their union in marriage was blessed with two sons, Aaron and Nick.

A hard worker, Frank was known to many as a local contractor. A career he joked that started when he climbed the silo ladder on the farm at age five. Frank was a member of the American Legion, served as a Boy Scout Leader, on the UCC church council and as the cemetery sexton. Frank was a world traveler, who as a young man, traveled through Europe twice on 6 month trips, hiking through the countryside and engaging the locals. On one of those trips, he traveled the whole time on just $600. Frank also gave of himself to others as a blood donor. His blood type of O Negative was always in need. Frank donated regularly through the Red Cross, giving over 15 gallons of his blood. Whether telling stories, riding his Pink Cadillac scooter through town, or sharing his special laugh, Frank loved to have fun! He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Frank is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary; his sons, Aaron (Che) Parr, and Nick (Jennifer) Falkofske; his grandson, Auri; siblings, Tim (Dawn) Falkofske of Arlington TX, Donna (Earl) Kinneman of Ellsworth, Tom (Joanna) Falkofske of Hudson, Gordon (Betty) Falkofske of Apache Junction AZ; sisters-in-law, Carla Falkofske of Springfield VA, and Karin Falkofske of Knapp WI; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Jeremiah; and brothers, Burton and Noel.

In the spirit of giving to others, Frank chose to donate his body to science. A Memorial Service is being planned for April 7, 2018, with the time and location to be specified later. To honor Frank, share a smile and a story with someone, or find a Red Cross Blood Drive to donate blood. O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth WI. 715-273-4421

Frank's Tribute Wall

Tributes (2):

  • Mary,
    This came as a real shock to me. We spent a lot of time together when we were young; even worked together for Hager City Telephone.
    Lots of dances, lots of parties, lots of fun.
    He did a lot of work for Leon , my brother. I will be sure to let Elaine , my sister know. He was a good man, a good friend. I’m terribly sorry.
    Say hello to Donna and Tom for me, also good friends.
    Ivan and Mary Morrison

  • I met Frank a few years ago while I was walking to school on the walkway next to the EHS football field. I remember chatting for 10-15 minutes early in the morning. After that, I always looked forward to our paths crossing on those early mornings so we could shoot the breeze. Frank was just one of those people who was a joy to talk with. I would guess our paths crossed a half dozen times. The memory of Frank makes me smile. He was such a nice guy, and I always loved seeing him putt past my house on his pink moped. Peace to his memory.