Francis R. “Frankie” Varro passed away April 2, 2021, at 94.

Frank was the youngest child born to Joseph and Ethel (Papoi) Oct. 14, 1926, in South Bend, Ind.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Frank married Helen M. “Cookie” (née Kukla) July 18, 1954. 

They moved to Eagle River, Wis., in 1967, with their two sons, Scott and Jay.

They owned and operated the Aerio Club where they made lifelong friends.  They sold it and started Frankie’s Wrecker Service and Auto Body in Eagle River.

Although, Frank and Helen divorced in 1988, they remained close. She was the love of his life and preceded him in death Oct. 19, 2003.

They are survived by their two sons,  Francis S. “Scott” (Deborah) Varro of Appleton, Wis., grandchildren, Dami­an (Nicole James) Varro of Eagle River, and Dustin Varro of Janesville, Wis., and great-granddaughter, Jaydee Schneider; and Joseph J. “Jay” (Lori) Varro of Conover, Wis., grandchildren, Becky and Jeremy Richter of Eagle River, and Lynn (Craig) Sparks of the Madison area, and great-great-grandchildren, Chy­anne  Meacham, Dakota Rich­ter, Wyatt and Emry Sparks.

Frank married and divorced at a young age and they had two children, daughter, Frances J. (Ed) Cenkush,  granddaughter, Sheila (Jerry) McLane, grandchildren, Zachary and Riley of South Bend, Ind.; and Steve (Barb) Varro of Tennessee, granddaughter, Deanna (Chris) Schleicher and great-grandsons, Brandon and Caden, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Frankie is also survived by a very special angel, Bobbie Dixon of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Elizabeth, Joseph and Steven “Pete” Varro.

Frankie lived life to its fullest.

In lieu of flowers, please do something fun and think of Frankie while you do.

A memorial service in Eagle River will be held later.