Francis J. “Pete” Flease, age 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Pete was born on September 25, 1921, in Mukwa Township, son of the late George and Rose (Reidl) Flease. On August 9, 1951, he was united in marriage to Sally Warmbier. She preceded him in death in 2009. They owned and operated a dairy farm in rural Weyauwega for many years and in later years, he had a buffalo hobby farm. Pete worked at Kimberly-Clark for over 20 years; retiring in 1983. He was a past president of the Waupaca County Fair Board. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by a daughter, Debbie Wickman, Hortonville; sons: David Flease, New London; Don Flease, New London; Dan (Debbie) Flease, New London; Dennis (Peggy) Flease, Hortonville and Doug (Marcia) Flease, New London. Two sisters, Virginia Heenan, Appleton and Naomi Johnson, Green Bay; two brothers, Clair Flease, New London and Bob (Joan) Flease, New London and a brother in-law, Romie Contos, Dayton, Ohio. Fifteen grandchildren: Joshua (Stephanie), Phawn (fiance Jeff) , Chivon (Adam), Jamie (special friend, Rita and her son Brandon), Jered, Jessica, Danielle, Jason, Melinda (special friend Jason), Michelle (fiance Jesse), Ashley (special friend, Travis), Amy (Zach), Andrea, Ian and great-grandchildren, Kaeden and Bella Rose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally, granddaughter, Gina, a sister, Veronica and a brother in-law, Jim Heenan. Funeral services for Pete were held on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, New London, the Fr. David Lewis officiated. Burial will be in the Northport Ostrander Cemetery, Mukwa Township. Visitation was held at the church Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of St. Joseph Residence for the wonderful care they gave Pete during his extended stay.