Frank J. Wanta, 94, of Weston, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on January 5,2022 at Mount View Care Center.
Frank was born July 11, 1927 in the Town of Weston, to the late Edmond and Esther Wanta. He was the second oldest of 7 children. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1945, and shortly thereafter joined the US Navy. He served in the Pacific theater as a radioman and teletype operator, and was honorably discharged in July 1948.
Frank met his future wife, Betty Burchardt, on a double blind date later in 1948, and they were married on September 30, 1950 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Wausau. They celebrated 69 years together, before Betty passed away in November 2019.
Frank had an interest in aviation, and earned his private pilots license while he and Betty were still dating. Other hobbies included fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and spending Summer weekends at the family cottage near Mercer, WI. Family trips around Lake Superior in the late 1960s, and to Oregon 3 times in the 1970s were memorable times together. Vegetable gardening became a passion of his in retirement years, along with meeting friends at the “Old Farts Club” at the Wausau airport.
Frank is survived by a son, Jeff Wanta, daughter, Linda Wanta and grand-cat, Bella, all of Weston; sister-in-law, Donna Wanta, of Weston;12 nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife Betty, he is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and two sisters.
A visitation open house will be held Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 2:00-3:30 pm, at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.
"The family would like to thank the staff at Mount View Care Center, Gardenside Crossing, for the compassionate care given to Frank in the 2 years he resided there."