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Dr Josef Francel

Dr Josef Francel

Czech Republic
Death 3 Mar 2001 (aged 76)
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Burial Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Plot Inside Lumen Christi Mausoleum
Memorial ID 75249040 · View Source
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Dr. Josef Francel, 76, of Toledo, Ohio went to be with his Savior and Lord on March 3, 2001 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. His cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was also diagnosed with Alzheimer's about a year and a half before he passed away.

Dr. Francel escaped from Communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1948 and immigrated to the USA where he earned his doctorate of science degree from M.I.T. in 1953.

He moved to Toledo in 1954 with his wife Vlasta and began a 33 year career as a research chemist and manager at Owens Illinois Technical Center in Toledo. During that time he developed over 123 patents in his field of research.

His accomplishments earned him recognition in the Royal Blue Book, World's Who's Who in Commerce and Industry, 2000 Men of Achievement, Outstanding and Distinguished Personalities of the West, National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables, Blue Book of Distinguished Personalities of the English Speak World.

Dr. Francel was founder of the International Festival in Toledo in 1958. Many knew him as an active member of numerous local organizations, professional organizations and he was involved in his church as a lay minister for over 10 years and visited the sick in his parish.

When asked as to the source of his success in life, he shared with his family that any success in his life was due to the love and grace of God. This is the legacy that his family will hold precious as they affectionately recall the memory of their "Papa Joe."

He was survived by his wife Vlasta Francel; children Dr. George Francel, Helen Bissmeyer, Mary Pat Sares, Dr. Thomas Francel, Dr. Paul Francel, Peter Francel, and Ann-Marie Jocz; brothers Karel Francl and Ladislav Francl;and 19 grandchildren.

The family of Dr. Francel celebrated his life and 76 years of accomplishments Tuesday evening 5-8 p.m. Visitation at the Reeb Funeral Hom, in Sylvania, where the Scripture Service was held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. at Gesu Catholic Church in Toledo.

To learn much more about the remarkable life of Dr. Josef Francel click here on his name.

This information above is from the Toledo Blade newspaper. Thanks to them.

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