Francis S. Maschler
August 21, 1939 â July 23, 2010
Frank S. Maschler, 70, of Kansas City, MO passed away July 23, 2010 at KU Medical Center. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at Guardian Angels Church, 1310 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. Inurnment will be private. His family suggests memorial contributions to be given to the Leukemia Society, 6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Mission, KS, 66202 or American Diabetes Association of Kansas, 10580 Barkley St. #400, Overland Park, KS 66212 in his memory. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, step mother Marta, and sister, Theresa. Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ann Webster Maschler; two sons, Kevin Maschler and Sean (Priscilla) Maschler; identical twin brother, Thomas (Rita); brothers, James and Carl; sister, Edith; his aunt, Louise; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born in Kansas City, Frank was the son of Thomas and Edith Maschler. He was a man, who all through his life, held the values he had as a 13 year old Eagle Scout and hard way warrior in the tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was active in Scouting over four decades. He had deep faith and was for many years an active member of his parish. A member of the Class of 1956 De LaSalle Military Academy, he was a long time board member and past president of the De LaSalle Alumni Association.
Frank served in the Air Force (SAC) from 1959 to 1963. After the service, his first job was with Bendix, but for most of his career, he worked for Western Electric, which later became AT&T, in chemical engineering. During his career at AT&T, Frank was awarded two U.S. Patents related to manufacturing design.
Frank was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1982. A year later, he was the first recipient of a twin to twin bone marrow transplant from his identical twin brother, Tom, at the Mayo Clinic. After developing health problems, he worked in engineering human resources. He grew to enjoy the challenge of that field and earned numerous awards.
After meeting on a blind date in 1957, Frank married Ann Webster in October 1963 and they remained in love and best friends for ever after. He was a wonderful father and enjoyed his sons through their growing years and was proud of the men they became. He was an example to all with his unfailing optimism, strength, humor and love for his friends and family.
In recent years, diabetes and dialysis made life more of a challenge, but his tenacity and positive attitude inspired others. Frank is very loved by all and will be missed by many. His family wishes to thank the outstanding staff at KU Medical Center ICU for their exceptional care and compassion.
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