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Francis T. "Fritz" Brown, age 89, of Reading, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, at Berks Heim Nursing Home, Leesport, PA.
He was born May 10, 1928 in Sunbury, PA to the late Albert O. and Marie A. (Spotts) Brown, and was the widower of the late Lorraine M. (Purcell) Brown, to whom he was married for 56 years, and who passed on April 21, 2006.
Francis, or "Fritz" as many knew him, retired as Vice Principal of the Carlisle Intermediate School. Prior to that position, he worked as a teacher in the Carlisle Area School District. He was a Sunbury High School graduate and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. He was a former member of American Legion Post #109 in Mechanicsburg, VFW Post 477 in Carlisle, and Alvernia University Seniors College in Reading. In his spiritual life, he was a congregant at St. Catharine of Siena Parish in Reading.
He is survived by his daughter, Vanessa Culbertson (and husband Scott); his brother, Michael Brown; grandchildren, Brooke Culbertson-Weiser (and husband Eric), Bethany Holtzman (and husband Mark), and Andrew Culbertson; and great-grandchildren, Henry and Sadie Holtzman. In addition to his wife and parents, Francis was preceded in death by his brothers Jerry, Jack, Robert and Albert Brown, and his sister Carol Strickland.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at St. Patrick Catholic Shrine Church, 152 E. Pomfret Street, Carlisle, PA with the Very Reverend William C. Forrey, V.P. officiating. Interment will follow at Westminster Cemetery, Carlisle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army - 20 E. Pomfret Street, Carlisle, PA 17013, or a charity of the donor's choice.
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Published on January 8, 2018
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