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John Jones Frautschi
November 18, 1929 - March 9, 2017

John Jones Frautschi

John Jones Frautschi
Nov 18, 1929 - Mar 9, 2017

John Jones Frautschi
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MADISON:

John Jones Frautschi was born on November 18, 1929 as a 4th generation Madisonian and enjoyed an extraordinary 87 years as a great civic and business leader, wonderful husband and father, and cherished friend to so many. Unfortunately, on March 9, 2017, he "plumb wore out," and went to meet his maker and reunite with his wife and soul mate, Mary Weston Frautschi, and all of his friends and relatives who will surely welcome him home.

Among those who will miss him terribly are his kids, Peter (Lorrie), Kip (Ann), and Liz (he liked to call her Lolly), and his grandkids Tony and Heidi, Blake, Amy, Paloma, Lily, and Shirley, as well his brother, Jerry (Pleasant), and his in-laws sometimes referred to as the Weston Gang, and many other cherished friends. He loved his Knitwits, his workmates, his Thursday Night Floaters, and so many more. We will all remember him as a man of incredible integrity, fierce loyalty, amazing generosity, abundant wisdom, and especially good humor. LEON!

John grew up on the shores of Lake Mendota during the 1930's and 40's, and enjoyed most of the usual boyhood pursuits, including skiing and ski jumping, bird hunting, and most other outdoor activities. He once jumped 131 feet on a ski jump that was set up for a maximum of 129'! He had a passion for sailing, and loved to tell about the time he was blown off the lake in a surprise gale. He travelled to Montana and the west as a boy, and eventually to much of Europe, Africa, Asia, Shilly Chalet, and even the north pole, and always came back.

John graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Colorado Springs in 1947, and Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1951. He then attended Carnegie Mellon and earned a B.S. in Graphic Arts and served in the Army. He married Mary on Feb 2nd, 1957, and joined his father (and soon after Jerry joined them) in business at the Democrat Printing Company. Together, they transformed the Democrat into what became Webcrafters Inc. which became one of the region's most successful and respected printing manufacturers. One of their heart felt measures of success was as corporate benefactors to local charities and civic causes. At its peak Webcrafters supported more than 750 Madison families- John was especially proud of this and truly loved them all.

Equally impressive were John's personal and professional awards, and multitude of civic causes. Among these were his (and brother Jerry's) donation of 1,700 feet of Lake Mendota shoreline and land, adjacent to Picnic Point, to the University of Wisconsin. This area is now named Frautschi Point in honor of their father Walter, and will remain undeveloped and open to the public. John also founded a private foundation that has supported dozens of local charities since the early 1980's.

John was the Ben Franklin Club, 1979 Graphic Arts Man of the Year, and was awarded the Web Offset Society's Vision Award in 2001. He was inducted into the Printing Impressions Hall of Fame in 2000. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, PIA affiliate Printing Industries of Wisconsin, 1st Wisconsin Bank, Firstar Bank, Edgewood College, American Players Theater, Meriter Hospital, Placon, and Emma Willard School, and many more.

The list of his accomplishments is long and reflective of his devotion to his family, firm, and community, yet he was also humble and gentle enough to take Ivan (his realistic bear puppet) to cheer up sick kids in the hospital. He loved it when one sick child quietly told him, "at first I thought he was fake." He also loved to recall his grandfather's sentiments that "everyone should devote one day per week to their community." He took that to heart and lead by example, and an example he set, and hopefully his legacy will inspire us all to be our best.

There will be a farewell service for him on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street at 11:00 am followed by a reception for close friends and family. A visitation will be held at church on Friday from 9:30am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in John's name to the Ronald McDonald House of Madison, 2716 Marshall Ct. Madison, WI 53705.

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Bob Dinndorf on Mar 24, 2017

Thank you, John. I know you are enjoying the view and are at peace. Bob Dinndorf

Richard and Dede Munz on Mar 16, 2017

Deepest sympathy to the family. There's another angel in heaven.
Sincerely,
Richard and Dede Munz

Jan McMullen on Mar 15, 2017

CandleTo the family of John Frautschi, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father , uncle, and grandfather. I am a former employee of Webcrafter's. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work for Mr. Frautschi. He was kind and tenderhearted and I truly enjoyed his Bear Ivan. He was great with kids. I will be praying for you and your families. John you can rest in peace now . Thank you for all you have done.
Jan (Hanson) McMullen

Natural Heritage Land Trust on Mar 14, 2017

On behalf of the staff at Natural Heritage Land Trust, we are saddened to hear that John passed away. Our thoughts are with his family. He was a wonderful supporter of local land conservation and we are grateful for all he helped make possible.

Daniel N. Bach on Mar 13, 2017

On behalf of the Book Manufacturers' Institute, and the entire book manufacturing industry we offer our condolences to the Frautschi family on the loss of John. Daniel Bach, Executive V.P., Book manufacturers" Institute

Center for Families on Mar 13, 2017

On behalf of the staff at Center for Families, we are saddened to hear of John's passing and sorry for the loss to his family and the community at-large. We will forever be grateful for his support of our Respite Center Program.

Terry Haller on Mar 12, 2017

John Berthelsen on Mar 12, 2017

John was a true gentleman and great person. I respected him as an industry leader and enjoyed working with him on the Meriter Foundation board. The measure of a person can be made by whether he left the world a better place due to his actions and influences. John certainly did that.
-John Berthelsen

Sue Carnell on Mar 11, 2017

Though we've never met personally, I want to express my sympathy and offer thanks for all your family has done for the residents and visitors to Madison. Thank you, and know that your family's generosity will long be remembered and appreciated.
Sue Carnell

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