Frank B. Wambach, 92Frank Bernard Wambach, age 92, of Cannon Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Presbyterian Home of Arden Hills, Minn.
Frank Bernard Wambach, age 92, of Cannon Falls, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Presbyterian Home of Arden Hills, Minn.
Frank was born in Beaulieu, Minn., on June 5, 1919. He was the son of Frank Jacob Wambach and Margaret Meyer. Frank attended high school in Mahnomen, Minn., where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He earned a degree in biology from the College of St. Thomas. From 1938 to 1941, he was a star tackle on the St. Thomas football team known as "The Purple Wave."
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and worked as a pathologist in the Army's 18th Medical General Laboratory stationed in Hawaii.
After completing his military service in 1946, he married Virginia Irene Huhn and accepted a teaching and coaching position in Morgan, Minn. In 1949, he accepted a position in Cannon Falls, teaching biology, coaching football and track, as well as teaching drivers education.
After Frank retired from teaching in 1981, he continued to pursue his interest in coin collecting. He was respected for his extensive knowledge of coins and was often asked to appraise collections.
Frank was a strong man in mind and body. He was always optimistic and ready to hear or tell a good joke. He loved life. Frank was well loved by his friends and neighbors. He will be sorely missed.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Virginia; his brother Robert Wambach, and his sister Dorothy Wambach.
He is survived by his sister Marcella Nolan; children: Nancy Wond (Charles Huxel), Honolulu, Hawaii; Frank Robert (Cathrine), Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Gary (Colleen), Falcon Heights, Minn.; William (Karen), Kansas City, Mo.; Mark (Zoe Ann), Cave Creek, Ariz.; Cynthia (John Kramer), White Salmon, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Lundberg Mortuary in Cannon Falls on Friday, Jan. 6. A service to memorialize and celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Cannon Falls.
Memorials will be given to the Cannon Falls High School Science Department, 820 E. Minnesota St., Cannon Falls, MN 55009.
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