Brother S. Francis Verngren

By S. Francis Verngren
Napa Valley Register
December 4, 2003

Brother S. Francis Verngren, FSC (Barney Theodore Verngren) was born in Hood River, Ore., Aug. 21, 1918, to Charles A. Verngren and Barbara O'Flaherty. He was a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for 67 years and died at Napa on Dec. 2, 2003, at 11:50 p.m., at the age of 85.

Through his many years, Brother Francis served as a teacher, coach and administrator in San Francisco at St. Peter's High School and Sacred Heart High School from 1940 to 1959 and also at Saint Mary's College High School from 1959 to 1969 where he served, variously, as a teacher, prefect and principal of the elementary school. When the elementary school was moved to Napa in 1969 he continued to serve as teacher, prefect, librarian and director, at various times, until 1984. For a brief time he was a teacher at Justin-Siena High School in 1984 before moving to St. La Salle Elementary School, in Reedley, as the librarian and director.

Brother Francis was inducted into the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 for his "outstanding athletic achievements" while serving there. He also received special honors from The Johns Hopkins University for "exemplary work in the field of education." He began retirement at the Holy Family Community in Napa in 1989 but continued to tutor and teach at St. Apollinaris Elementary School until full retirement in 2002. Brother Francis was very proud of his 62 years of continuous service as a teacher.

Funeral services will be at Mont La Salle, Napa, on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m., in the Mont La Salle Chapel, with burial following in the Brother's Cemetery. The body may be viewed beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the funeral liturgy.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lasallian Education Fund, De La Salle Institute, 4401 Redwood Rd, Napa CA 94558.

Funeral services through Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main St., Napa, CA.


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