Francis C. "Fran" Kulavic
Francis C. “Fran” Kulavic, Sr., 88, of Springfield, died on December 1, 2011 at his residence.
He was born on January 6, 1923 in Springfield, the son of John and Rose Zupancic Kulavic. He married Viola Bosie on November 22, 1947. Viola preceded him in death on May 14, 2005.
Francis was a proud veteran of the US Army, serving during WWII in the Pacific Theater and a member of the Northenders VFW Post #10302 and American Legion Post 32. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4175; Eagles Club, Catholic War Veterans and P.O.L.K. of A. Francis supported his family through various types of employment. He worked for the Peabody Coal Mine #47. He was later self-employed as a carpenter for Kulavic Builders while working evenings for the City of Springfield Street Department. Retiring from both positions, Francis worked for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in the transportation garage. After Francis’ final retirement, he enjoyed the years with his friends and family.
Francis and Viola had eight children; five sons, Frank (Carol), Daniel (Cindy), William (Leslie), Thomas (Sheryl) and Anthony (companion: Kayla Edwards) and three daughters, Barbara (Benjamin) Beard, Colleen (Harold) Reno, all of Springfield and Diana (Jerald) Nevitt of Rochester. Francis has 23 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren with two expected great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death are four brothers, John, Joseph, Louis and James Kulavic and two sisters Rose Hagelmeier and Loretta Walters. Francis is survived by two brothers, Charles and Bernard Kulavic and two sisters Mary Stork and Clara Cottingham.
Visitation: 3-6 pm Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 6 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Monday, December 5, 2011 at St. Aloysius Church, 2125 North 21st Street, Springfield. Monsignor David Lantz officiating., Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boystown USA or to Wounded Warriors.