Franklin D. “Frank” Gahan, age 83, of Port Washington, WI passed away peacefully after a year long battle with brain cancer on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at home with his family by his side.
He was born on November 4, 1936 in Port Washington to Raymond and Alice Blumenberg Gahan Sr. Frank attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and graduated from Port Washington High School. He would later study theology at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, WI for a few years. Frank would return to Port Washington taking work as a mason. He continued down that path until his retirement in 1998.
Frank was a proud member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 8 of Milwaukee. A solid family man, Frank gave of his time and talents. In his youth he was an avid softball player in city leagues. He spent many years coaching shot put and discus for Nicolet and Port Washington High School track teams. He was not only a coach but a role model for his athletes and he was proud of their accomplishments on and off the field. His hard work and perseverance was passed down to his children and grandchildren.
Faith was very important to him. He will be remembered for teaching Catholic Religious Education (CRE) over the years and an adult acolyte for many funerals at St. Mary’s Church.
Frank is survived by his wife Joanne, his children Julie (Alfredo, Jr.) Lopez of Port Washington, Kevin (Kim Chi) Gahan of Richfield, Daniel (Cassandra) Gahan of the town of Cedarburg and Gemma Duran of Port Washington; his grandchildren Kyle (Sherrine) Carini, Al (Shaundra) Lopez III, Sarah Carini, Allison Lopez, Rachel, Naomi, Grace and Andrew Gahan and Angelina and Eva Duran; his siblings Lucille (the late William) Ikner of Milwaukee, Rosemary (the late Robert) Mudek of Duluth and Ray (Barb) Gahan of West Bend; Joanne’s siblings Wallace (Marjorie) Morrell and Roger (Ruth) Morrell, brother-in-law Paul (the late Yvonne) Westhoff Sr., nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He preceded in death by his sisters Marge Gahan Istre and Ruth Gahan Jaquish and his brother John Gahan.
We will celebrate Frank’s life with a Mass at 6PM Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Mary’s Church, 451 N. Johnson Street, Port Washington. The Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Family will receive relatives and friends at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington Tuesday from 3:30-5:30pm. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
**COVID-19 recommendations will be followed. Masks required. Exercise social distancing. Thank you.**
Memorials can be made in Frank Gahan’s name to the Seraphic Mass Association (Seraphic Mass Association, 5217 Butler St., Ste. 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15201, 1-877-737-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.