Francis J. Lander Sr.

| February 28, 2019

Francis J. Lander Sr., 85, of Oil City, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Oakwood Heights.

Born May 6, 1933, in Lucinda, he was a son of the late Maurice and Margaret Wolbert Lander.

Francis was a member of St. Stephens Church.

He proudly served in the US Army 82nd Airborne for two years.

Mr. Lander worked as VP of Operations and Melting Superintendent for Electralloy until his retirement in 1998.

He loved traveling with his wife and family, woodworking, helping his kids with projects, and spending time walking his two dogs, Brandy and Nana.

On September 24, 1955, he married the former JoAnn E. Baker, who survives, and they just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last September.

Surviving is a son, Francis J. Lander Jr. and significant other, Karen, of Oil City; two daughters, Vicki M. Gahr and husband Leo, of Oil City, Brenda L. Lytle and husband Ron, of Titusville; Nine grandchildren, Emily, Ryan, Mindy, Greg, Stephanie, Marc, Bridget, Natalie, and Brad; and 15 great grandchildren, with one more on the way.

In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by two brothers, William Lander and Eugene Lander, and two sisters, Norma Niederriter and Martyna Baumcratz.

Family and friends may call at the Morrison Funeral Home for visitation on Friday, March 1, from 2 pm to 4 pm, and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephens Church on Saturday, March 2, at 11 am with Rev. John L. Miller III officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Francis’ name to the Venango County Humane Society or to the Oakland Fire Department.

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