Francis C. Werchinski "WCF", 84, of Liverpool, passed away Wednesday, April 15, at home following a brief illness. Born August 20, 1930 in Clayton, NY, he was one of nine children born to the late Stella Rutkoski-Werchinski and the late Stanley Werchinski. Francis grew up in the Lorraine area where he graduated from Adams High School in 1949. He lived in Liverpool for the past 25 years.
Francis was a US Army veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Corporal and Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. He retired in 1985 after 30 years as a Shop Foreman in the specialty metals division of Crucible Steel in Solvay. Francis was affectionately known as "Super Pole" by his co-workers. He was an active member of the 187th Rakkasans, as well as an avid hunter, environmentalist and nature enthusiast. Francis built his camp with his brother, Raymond, in 1965 where their families enjoyed many happy memories. He enjoyed traveling with his wife in the U.S. and abroad at various location throughout Europe, Alaska and Hawaii.
Francis is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 61 years, the former June M. (Groves); their five daughters: Rose Marie Werchinski of East Syracuse, Lynda Davis of Little Falls, Lisa (Rich) English of TX, Amy "Amer" Allgaier of Liverpool, and Janine (William) Werchinski-Yates of Baldwinsville; a sister: Alice Papp of Liverpool; seven grandchildren: Laurie, Lauren, Michael, Francesca, Evan, Harrison, and Ellie; and several nieces and nephews.
The Werchinski family extends special appreciation to the Blue Team and the 7B Nurses at the VA Medical Center for their kindness to Francis. Contributions in his memory may be made to VA Medical Center Volunteer Fund #1521 Home Based Primary Care/CLC, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.
All services will be private and at the convenience of the family.