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CUMBERLAND Deacon Francis L. Werner Jr., 89, of Cumberland, passed to his heavenly reward Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. He was born Nov. 25, 1928.
Frank is the son of the late Francis L. Werner Sr. and Julia S. Walsh. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James E. Werner Sr.
Frank was a 1950 graduate of Mount Saint Mary's College. He served in the Korean War, Private First Class, U.S. Army, 1950-1952. Frank worked as a Senior Accountant in the Finance Department of Kelly Springfield Tire Corporation for over 38 years. He entered the Catholic Church Permanent Diaconate in 1976. Frank was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 586 and Alhambra Wamba Caravan 89. Frank enjoyed volunteering for many organizations to include St. Patrick's Church, the Ray of Hope, the Interfaith Consortium, St. Anthony's Place, St. Vincent DePaul Society, to name a few.
In addition to serving as a deacon and volunteering, Frank's favorites included scripture reading, the rosary, chatting with friends, playing cards at the Knights of Columbus, crossword puzzles, and a nightly glass of Merlot wine. When asked how he was doing, he responded "If I felt any better, I wouldn't know what to do!"
Surviving are his two sisters, Mary C. Werner of Pensacola, Fla., and Margaret E. Bechie of Chillicothe, Ohio. His nieces and nephews in Ohio include John Bechie and wife, Karen, Frances (Bechie) Reisinger and husband, Brett, Mary (Bechie) Maimone and husband, Jimmy, and Judi (Bechie) Hunter and husband, Chris. Additional nieces and nephews include Marisa Werner of Tuscon, Ariz., James Werner and wife, Sharron, of Edgewater, and Mary Werner, of Laurel. Frank has numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. Frank's cousins include William Walsh of Virginia, James E. Walsh and wife, Laurie, of Cumberland, Betsy (Walsh) Geiger and husband, Rich, of Cumberland, Weezie (Walsh) Feeney and husband, Bill of Cumberland, and Mimi (Walsh) Wehberg, and husband, Ron, of Monkton.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Crescent Service led by Alhambra Wamba Caravan 89 will begin at 7:45 p.m. A Christian Wake with the Knights of Columbus Council 586 will be conducted at 8 p.m. followed by the recitation of the rosary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 201 North Centre St., Cumberland, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Military Honors will be accorded at the gravesite by Fort Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.
Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bishop Walsh School, 700 Bishop Walsh Road, Cumberland, Maryland, 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on December 30, 2017
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