Franklin (Frank) & Florence (Jean) Valasek

Franklin (Frank) & Florence (Jean) Valasek Obituary

Our beloved parents, Frank and Jean passed away after 68 years of marriage in Oak Creek, WI. Jean, 89 passed away on November 29th, 2022, and Frank, 89, followed her in death 4 months later March 15th, 2023. They both struggled with illness over the last year, but they lived a full and happy life.

Jean was born in 1933 in Mitchell, South Dakota to Howard McNary and Marie Hall. Frank was born in 1933 in Fullerton, Nebraska to Joseph Valasek and Isabella Podraza.

Frank and Jean met at South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. They graduated high school in 1951. Jean went to Nursing school and Frank joined the Air Force.

Married on December 26th, 1953, Frank and Jean would go on to raise 5 children. Jean worked at St. Luke’s Hospital until 1976 and then worked at McHenry Hospital until 1985 when she retired from nursing. Frank worked for the Department of Defense Contract Audit Agency for his whole career.

They loved to travel the country with their family in the old station wagon. Later in life, they split their time between their lake home and being snowbirds in Texas. They also became international travelers and enjoyed the world.

They were preceded in death by their parents, several brother and sisters, their daughter (Terri Kohnke), son (Michael Valasek), their daughter-in-law (Mary Lou Valasek), and grandson (Ryan Rohde).

They are survived by two daughters, Jeanne Valasek and Ginger Rohde (Terry), one son Steve Valasek (Mary), eight grandkids (Chris Valasek, Jessie Ratter, Nikki Valasek, Katie Kumar, Jake Valasek, Elizabeth Rohde, Sean Rohde, and Daniel Rohde), and nine great grandkids (Taylor Massey, Riley Ratter, Ellie Kumar, Chloe Massey, Reese Massey, Ollie Ratter, Louise Valasek, Lydia Ratter and one more on the way).

A joint service will be held for Frank and Jean at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on August 4th. A small celebration of life will follow the graveside service. Please contact one of the family members for more details of the service.

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