I am so sorry for your loss. Though I only knew Francis for a short time I will never forget him. We met in the summer of 2017 when I was with a group of teens from Peoria IL as a part of Alive In You. We spent several days helping at Hope Health and Rehab painting, I mostly talked with Francis :) I really enjoyed his stories and getting to know him. Something about him made it seem as we had always been friends. The kids from the group were all drawn to him and still talk about meeting him being one of the best parts of our trip. Several of us took pictures with him and his statues. We all took a group photo by the Grotto he painted. He was very kind and shared with us pictures of things he has painted over the years. He spoke of his family, parents and his wife with such love. Every time we stopped by the room he was always praying his rosary and welcomed us in. I will continue to remember him fondly and keep him in my prayers. My deepest condolences.
Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of your father. It has been difficult for me to collect my thoughts as I stare at a saw painting your father did for me of Grandpa Schraufnagel's homestead outside of Leroy. Both the painting and your father bring back of flood of memories..... parties celebrating family, playing softball with all of you at the farm and playing cards(when the adults agreed that I was old enough!!
Uncle Francis was a gift to the world. A kind, gentle soul with the heart of a poet and the eye of an artist. We are extremely fortunate to have known him in person, and even more fortunate to call him "brother", "dad", or "uncle". He will live on through our many memories and the beautiful works of art he created. We know he is painting his way across the heavens!!
Sincerely, Tom & Karen Schraufnagel, Plover & Arizona City.