Francis J. Wenzell, 92, of Kingston
Francis J. Wenzell, 92, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.
He was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Poughkeepsie, to the late George W. Wenzell and Helen (Smith) Wenzell. He was married to Carolyn (Daugherty) Wenzell on Nov. 29, 1986, at St. James United Methodist Church in Kingston.
Fran attended Poughkeepsie Schools and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 11, 1941. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea, and retired at the rank of Chief Boatswain in May of 1965. After retiring from the Navy, he went to work for Hercules from 1966 to 1982.
An avid sailor, Fran sailed on the Hudson with his “NORSTAR” for many years with much enjoyment. He was a member of Kingston AARP Chapter 2039 and St. James United Methodist Church. One of his volunteer passions was making handcrafted crosses, which he then sold as a fundraiser for the church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, RiAnne Keir of Kingston, Jim (Kathy) Williams of Maryland, LaLynne (Dan) Friedrich of Albany; grandchildren, Ian (Faith) Keir, Karissa Keir, Cameron (Alexa) Keir, and Moriah Keir, all of Kingston, and Rebecca Williams and Shannon Williams of Maryland; and a great-grandchild to come in March of 2017. He is also survived by his cousin, Guy “Bing” Crosby and his children, Joel, Scott, and Jennifer; his cousin, Joseph “Allen” Fassbender and his children, Kim and Karen; as well as his beloved Maltese, “BEGE” and many other dear family and friends.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Morgan Keir, and his cousins, Carol Fassbender and Pam Crosby.
Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, where friends and family may visit on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 29 Pearl St., Kingston. Inurnment in the Wiltwyck Cemetery Mausoleum will take place privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. James UMC, 29 Pearl St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401, or American Heart Association at www.Heart.org.
To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com.