Frank V. FurnerNorth Brookfield - Frank V. Furner, 78, a life-long farmer passed away peacefully with the love and support of his beloved family by his side, on Saturday, January 29, 2022.Frank was born in a room at the family farm house, and he passed away in the same room. The family farm house was his life-long home. Frank was born on April 12, 1943, the son of the late Eugene V. and Martha O. Lambert Furner. He went to school at North Brookfield Union School and later graduated from Waterville Central High School. Frank went on to further his education at Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College. He graduated in the top of his class, with an associate degree in agriculture. Frank dedicated his life to farming and raising cattle. It was a life-long skill, from when he was a little boy, until his body forced him to retire; he had a profound knowledge of farm management. On August 31, 1968, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, he married his soulmate, Linda P. Ditch. Linda was a devoted farm wife, balancing the duties of wife, mother and farmer until her passing on June 24, 2019. Frank had a great love for the family farm and especially the beauty of Mill Hill Road. He rarely left the hill for trips or vacation. The hill and his farm were his places of comfort. He did venture off the hill, yearly to go camping in the Adirondacks with family. It was a special time for Frank and life-long memories were made on these camping adventures. Frank held deeply rooted Catholic religious beliefs and was a parishioner of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Frank was also valued in the community, serving as a role model for many younger generations. Frank enjoyed playing pitch with family and friends; he also had a great love of fishing and baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. People would say that Frank was a hardworking, kind and humble man. He always was willing to give people the benefit of the doubt. Frank's life-long principles were God, Family and Farming. These guiding principles that he bestowed upon his children and grandchildren will be passed down to the next generations.Frank is survived by his beloved children: Dan Furner (Melanie) of North Brookfield, Mike Furner (Kelly) of Waterville, Jennifer Collins (Curtis) of North Brookfield, Sarah Nelson (David) of North Brookfield, Cara Youker (Scott) of Cocoa, FL. He is also survived by his most cherished grandchildren: Austin (Annika), Kayla (Brandon), Jonathan, Morgan, Kaitlyn, Brayton (Kim), McKenna, Connor, Anthony and Carter; his great grandchildren: Christopher and Grayson; his sisters Vera (Herbert) Bell, Dr. Mary Furner, Dr. Beatrice Furner; close friends: Laurel Furner, Barbara Hill and Kevin (Pam) Bugbee, in addition to many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his most cherished beagle Jack, who was always by his side. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Martha; his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda and his sister Joyce Schnell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 2, at 11:00am at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Waterville, with Rev. Jason Hage, Pastor, as Celebrant. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, February 1 from 4-7pm, at the Paul Funeral Home of Brookfield. Spring interment will be made in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Waterville. A gathering to celebrate Frank's life will be held immediately following Mass at the North Brookfield Fire Department Community Hall. To offer a condolence or to share a memory, please visit www.PaulFuneralHome.net. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of Frank to the North Brookfield Fire Department, 9199 Main Street, North Brookfield, New York 13418, or St. Bernard's Church, 199 Stafford Ave, Waterville, N.Y. 13480.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Paul Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Brookfield
10426 Church Street Brookfield 13314, United States
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 11:00 AM
St. Bernard's Catholic Church
199 Stafford Ave Waterville 13480, United States
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