CHATSWORTH - Frank W. Kaiser, 83, Tempe, Ariz., passed away peacefully on July 21, 2006, in the company of his loving family. Born on Aug. 8, 1922, in Kankakee, Frank was a longtime resident of Chatsworth, moving to Tempe in 1978. Whether in Illinois or Arizona, he was considered the Chatsworth "historian."
He graduated the University of Notre Dame in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He proudly served the U.S. Army chemical corps, stationed in the European Theater through the victory in 1945.
Returning to Chatsworth, he established a tavern, Kaiser's Place. Frank married Jane Owens of Bradford, during a ceremony at Notre Dame's Sacred Heart Basilica in October 1949. Before retiring in 1974, Frank had also worked for the Sunshine Biscuit Co. and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Ever faithful to his alma mater and a true "Notre Dame man," he served as a class secretary for 28 years and was honored by his classmates, elected class president at their 50th class reunion in 1993 and was selected Notre Dame Man of the Decade in 1998. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion Post 613 and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Frederick and John.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons, Michael, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Patrick, Hinsdale; and James, Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Mary Hamilton, Gilbert, Ariz., and Ruth Ann Kaiser, Tempe, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Frank established his priorities early in life and lived by those principles. He loved and served his God, his family and friends, our country and Notre Dame.
Frank is universally remembered for his phenomenal memory and uplifting wit. Always entertaining and generous, sharing graciously in life he continues giving as he planned that his body be shared with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine.
The family extends deep, heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Alix and his staff at the Hospice of the Valley at Friendship Village.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father Richard Brunskill officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Chatsworth, with full military rites given by the Chatsworth American Legion. The family suggests memorials be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Capital Improvement Fund. Martin-Burke Funeral Home in Chatsworth has charge of the arrangements.