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Frances (Leary) Krajco

July 3, 2017

Verona - It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to my mother Frances Krajco, age 93. She died July 3, 2017 from complications of emphysema. When diagnosed with emphysema twelve years ago she never complained about her disease with which she struggled valiantly. We wish that so much of her life had not been lost to her illness, that things could have been different for her, and for us. We wish that we had more time.  She died peacefully with her son Lee Fischl and family by her side.

How many people in this world have it so much easier than mom did—how many never faced half the trouble she faced with her emphysema, and yet lose sight so easily of what is truly important. Many of us get distracted by insignificant things in life.  Many of us focus on our little problems, and forget about that which is most important.

I hoped that I would never hear the words—your mom has died. They are different than any other words, too big to fit in your ears.  Losing a mother is a pain that cannot be described in words. She died—no more visits—no more phone calls, and without realizing my eyes filled with tears.  I was sad, at that moment I felt lonelier than I ever felt before in my life.

Have you ever lost someone you loved and wanted one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? My mother and I did have that one more chance.  I was not always the best son and she was not always the best mother.  One day I realized I only have one mother, good or bad she is the most special and unique person in our world — I couldn’t trade her in! When she moved from Columbus, Ohio to Verona, Wisconsin in 1998, we actually learned to like each other and found mother and son love that was missing for many years. The beautiful memories of the times we spent together one day will make me smile.  I wish we would have had more time.  If you have a mother that is far from perfect—call her and tell her you love her anyway!

Mother retired from an executive position with Lazarus Department Store prior to moving to Verona.  Some of the best times of her life were going to her “favorite restaurant” (Lee and Annie’s house), visiting and spending time with her sisters, Lenore and Margie, and other friends and family.  She had an opportunity to visit Italy with her sister Margie in 2005; and spent the winters of 2014 and 2015 in Arizona with Lee and Annie.  She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing cribbage, and watching golf, football and Judge Judy on television.

Even though she is gone, she has left a legacy of love and perseverance.  Mom is survived by her son Lee (Annie) Fischl; two granddaughters, Michelle (Terry) Wilson, Vicki (Bob) Bentley; three great-granddaughters, Amber (Nick) Kmoch, Lindsay Wilson, Nicole (Dan) Walchak; and five great-great-grandchildren, Aaron, Elliana, Abigail, and Serena Kmoch and Matilda Walchak.  She is also survived by her sister Margaret Duppler as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Steve, her father and mother Eugene and Mabel Leary, her brother Dennett Leary and her sister Lenore Wild.

To all the staff at Four Winds Lodge and Manor; many of you brought sunshine and laughter to my mother.  We are truly grateful for each one of you and your tender loving care, thank you so very much for helping make mother’s life more comfortable.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered “come with me”. Mother you and I will meet again, one day in some far off place, so I won’t say good bye Mom, only farewell for you and I will meet again! Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain, is a smile I will wear at the sound of your name—Mother!

While we know she is at peace and that the struggles have ended, there is pain and sadness.  We love you Mom and always will—you will be missed today tomorrow and every day!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N Main St., Verona with Father William Vernon officiating.  Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.  Burial will follow at St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to your local American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

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Ryan Funeral Home
& Cremation Services
Verona Chapel
220 Entreprise Drive


 Service Information

July 7, 2017

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
St. Andrew Catholic Church
301 N. Main St.
Verona, WI 53593

Mass of Christian Burial
July 7, 2017

10:30 AM
St. Andrew Catholic Church
301 N. Main St.
Verona, WI 53593

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