Francene Naomi Wehrer was born on February 11, 1938 and passed into eternal life on December 12, 2020.
Francene (Fran) was born in Milwaukee, WI to William B. and Frances J. Towner. She attended Marquette University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1959. On August 29, 1959, Fran married Duane Merle Wehrer and lived in several Midwest states working as a public health nurse, a hospital staff nurse, an educator and a school nurse. In 1975, they moved to Colorado and in 1978, she started her career as the coordinator of health services for the Aurora Public School District. Fran was a passionate advocate for public health and safety, she published a video on child-abuse prevention, led efforts on AIDS education, established mobile health community care and initiated the Colorado Chapter of School Nurses. In 1998, after three decades of selfless service, Fran passed on her administrator reins and retired.
Fran and Duane began life together enjoying boating and water skiing along the Mississippi River. Once they moved to Colorado, they were always cross country skiing, camping, biking and of course, golfing. Their retirement years brought many opportunities to travel across our great country visiting friends and family along the way. They also enjoyed several trips abroad to Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all throughout Europe.
While Fran battled Alzheimer's Disease for the last ten years of her life, she never lost her signature smile or her kind and generous heart. Fran is survived by her husband, Duane Merle Wehrer, her son Duane Michael Wehrer of Luang Prabang, Laos, her daughter Allison Filippone (John) of Highlands Ranch, CO, two grandchildren Vincent and Lauren Filippone, and her brother William K. Towner (Kathy) of Mequon, WI.
Services celebrating her life will be held on Friday June 25, 2021. A Rosary in her honor will begin at 10:00 AM, Memorial Services begin promptly at 10:30 AM, and the Eulogy and Lunch Reception will immediately follow at St. Mark Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: