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Zuerner, Frank

Frank A. Zuerner, age 61, much loved husband, father, grandfather ("Pa Z"), son and brother, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, of pancreatic cancer. Frank was born on March 9, 1943, in Pasadena, Calif., to Frank H. and Mildred (Herrmann) Zuerner. Frank graduated from Greendale High School, Greendale, in 1961. He graduated from the UW-Madison in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree. He married Linda Lass in August 1965 in West Allis. They moved to Missoula, Mont., where he continued his education at the University of Montana-Missoula and where he received his teaching certificate. In 1967, he began his science teaching career at James Madison Memorial High School. He was a very well liked and respected teacher during his 34-year career at Memorial. He was the first recipient of the Martin Luther King award, given by the students. Frank retired from teaching in May 2001. While at Memorial he also coached football, wrestling, refereed wrestling and he assisted with the WIAA state wrestling tournament for several years. During his teaching career he also took students on science field trips during their spring breaks and summers to Montana, New Mexico, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. Frank was an active member in the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) throughout his teaching career and received many outstanding awards from these organizations: He was a nominee and award winner in 1983 and 1984 for the Presidential Award in Excellence in Science Teaching from WSST and the state Department of Public Education. He served on the board of directors and the executive committee as well as being the 1989-90 president of WSST. WSST awarded him the Ron Gibbs Award of Excellence in Science Education in 1992. He was also an active member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. In 1995 Frank received the Tandy Technology Scholars Tandy Prize for Outstanding Teacher of 1994-95. In 1995 he received the National Distinguished Teacher's Award for high schools, for his extraordinary contributions to the field of science teaching. He also received recognition from the University of Wisconsin School of Education as a distinguished Teacher of Teachers the same year. He also received numerous other awards throughout his career. Proud to be a life time member of the NSTA, Frank served on several program committees as well as volunteering his time and efforts at many national and regional conventions through the 1990s up until the national convention in Atlanta, Ga., in spring 2004. Frank actively pursued his love for nature and the outdoors through photography, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling. Recently he added visiting Civil War battlefields to his hobbies. He particularly enjoyed time spent with his family and grandsons. Frank is survived by his wife, Linda Zuerner; his son, Frank C. Zuerner; his daughter, Lisa A. (Todd) Kaull; grandsons, Nathan and Timothy Kaull; his father, Frank H. Zuerner; brother, Gary J. (Charlotte) Zuerner; brother-in-law, Charles (Diane) Lass; sister-in-law, Sandra Shultz; three nephews; three nieces; two grand-nephews; a grand-niece; and other relatives. Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred H. Zuerner. A celebration services of Frank's life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the celebration of life service will follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frank A. Zuerner's name to the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center, or the Frank A. Zuerner scholarship fund, care of James Madison Memorial High School, 201 Gammon Road, Madison, WI 53717. Frank's family wishes to extend a gracious thank you to the caring staff of HospiceCare and the nurses and doctors at the UW Hospital Cancer Center. We also wish to express our gratitude to our wonderful neighbors and friends for their loving support. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 www.cressfuneralservice.com

 

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