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7/30/2014 11:09:00 AM
Francis "Bucko" Barsi
Francis “Bucko” Barsi
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Francis “Bucko” Barsi



Francis J. “Bucko” Barsi, 91, of Ottawa died July 27, 2014, in his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Columba Church, Ottawa with the Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Burial will be at St. Columba Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday in Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa. Liturgical prayers will be recited at 4 p.m. Thursday, with the Knights of Columbus in attendance.
Frank was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Seneca to Levio and Mae (O’Connor) Barsi. He married Phyllis Frederisy on Sept. 8, 1951, in St. Patrick’s Church in Dwight.
He attended St. Patrick School, Seneca High School and Cook County Radiologic Technician Training in Chicago. He worked in the Seneca Shipyards building LST Ships and was an Army veteran of World War II serving in Saipan.
He was employed as an X-ray technician at Ryburn Hospital in Ottawa, retiring from St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator in 1986. He was a member of St. Columba Church, and the Knights of Columbus. “Bucko” easily made friends in his travels and was well liked by people of all ages. His pace changed but he kept on working around his home and helping others. Frank was very proud that he passed his driving exam each year.
He is survived by three children, Barbara (Alan) Froehling of Mount Vernon, Steven Barsi of Mount Vernon and David Barsi of Seneca; nine grandchildren, John, Matthew, Erica, Dan and Michael Barsi, Natasha Heitman, Sonya Heer, Nadia and Andrei Froehling; and three great-grandchildren, Braydin, Siobhan and Chayse, and a longtime friend, Delores Tattersall.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1968, and two sisters, Mary Mitchell and Rita Thomas.
Memorials may be directed to the St. Columba Church Building Fund.






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