Francis P. Waldsmith, 92, of Richland Center passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
He was born on October 25, 1925, in Hub City, son of Fred and Beatrice (Cockroft) Waldsmith. Francis served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was married on October 25, 1952, to the former Madelyne A. Dunn. Francis was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richland Center.
Survivors include his three daughters, Susan (Tad) McGlynn of Richland Center, Nancy (Craig) Brost of Richland Center, and Kathy (Jeff ‘Potsie’) Weber of Dodgeville; three grandchildren, Greg (Carrie Pope) McGlynn of Rockbridge, Lisa Morgan of Hinesville, Georgia, and Zack Brost of Kenosha; three great-grandchildren who knew him as ‘Papoo’, Darby, Will and Jakob; a brother-in-law, Don Graybill of Beloit; a sister-in-law, Norma Waldsmith of Richland Center; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Beatrice Waldsmith; his wife, Madelyn Waldsmith; a daughter, Lisa Waldsmith; a brother, James Waldsmith; and a sister, Arlene Graybill.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 3, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s the Assumption Catholic Church in Richland Center. Monsignor Roger Scheckel and Fr. Vince Brewer concelebrated with burial in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery at Melancthon Creek at 2:15 p.m., where military graveside rites were conducted by the local Veterans Military Memorial Honors Unit. Visitation was held on Monday, July 2, at Stafford Funeral Home and again on Tuesday at the church until the time of Mass. Online condolences can be made at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.