THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Franklin D. Biernat
Issue Date: March 18, 2020
Franklin Darrell Biernat, 72, of Rice Lake, formerly of Marinette, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 15 at home from a heart attack.
Born May 6, 1947, to Frank and Ceil Biernat, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1967 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War until an honorable discharge in June of 1973. He married the former Marlene A. Fritz on Oct. 2, 1971 at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo.
He worked at American Excelsior in Marinette until its closing in 2000, when they relocated to Rice Lake to continue his career as a machinist for American Excelsior in Rice Lake, where he retired from in 2015. While at American Excelsior, he earned a trip to Texas for being employee of the year.
He was a member of VFW Post 1887 Menominee Mi. and VFW Post 0194 Cameron Wi. With his love of music, he enjoyed being a guitarist in many local bands as well as Church bands, but especially loved spending time with family on camping trips. He also enjoyed gardening, campfires with their Rice Lake friends, cooking, making pickles, canning vegetables from their garden, woodworking and puttering in his shed.
He was also well known for making a good old fashion. Together they enjoyed vacationing in Sault Ste. Marie, Mi. and loved the scenic view of the Mackinac Bridge from their hotel balcony.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marlene Biernat; two daughters, Kimberly (Dale) Wendt of Rice Lake and Nicole Lange of Marinette; grandchildren, Hope, Grace and Faith Kamin, Hannah Jacobs, Madison Kamin and Hunter and Kira Wendt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe and Lynette Brosig and Mike and Diane Fritz; sister-in-law, Markie Fritz; many nieces and nephews and special friends and neighbors, Patty Jervais and Jeff Brault and Leann and Bruce Hensel.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Jim Marcus and Elaine and Blair May; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sophie Miller; brother, Gary Miller; sister-in-law, Charlotte Miller; mother and father-in-law, Harold and Mary 'Liz' Fritz and a brother-in-law, Dennis Fritz.
Due to the new regulations with the Coronavirus, a private gathering will be held for immediate family only at Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home in Peshtigo, officiated by Pastor Luke Myslik. A Celebration Of Life will be held for friends and family at a future date along with burial in Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Marinette with Military Rites, to be announced by the funeral home.