Francis J. Neis, age 100, Marshfield, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Astor Retirement Community
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, where the visitation will be from 9:00 am until service time. Rev. Douglas Robertson will officiate, and members of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly will form a guard of honor. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Marshfield, where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield and his grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Francis was born on July 20, 1920, in Gilman, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. Francis P. and Felice (Bauer) Neis. He was a 1938 graduate of Thorp High School and a 1942 graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he obtained a degree in philosophy. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving during World War II with the Fourth Division from March 23, 1942, until his honorable discharge on November 27, 1945. Francis served in the South Pacific arena where he participated in the battle of Iwo Jima, as well as others. He married Jeroma L. Weber on November 27, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wausau. She died on February 4, 2007.
Francis was employed by the Thorp Finance Corporation and by Weber Realty. Francis and Jerry enjoyed traveling and they visited many parts of the world.
He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church, The Holy Name Society, an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus John Eisen Council #1799, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Marshfield Elks Lodge 665, and the 4th Marine Division Association.
He is survived by his children, Catherine (Lloyd) Hoffman of Eau Claire, Patricia (Thomas) Burke of Freeport, IL, and Francis M. (Peggy) Neis of Green Bay. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Michael (Megan) Burke of Phoenix, Arizona; Jeff Neis of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Scott Neis of Cincinnati, Ohio; Brian (Jennifer) Burke of Freeport, Illinois; and Anne Hoffman of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is further survived by two great-grandchildren: Brady T. Burke and Piper F. Burke
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeroma; and grandsons Patrick Francis Burke and Andrew J. Hoffman; a brother, Philip Neis; and, a sister, Margaret Klink.
The family extends a special thank you to Aster Retirement Community and Heartland Hospice for all their dedication, kindness, and personal attention given to Francis In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in Fran’s name.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Francis Neis’ name for the Columbus Catholic Schools.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com