BUEHNER, Francis J. “Frank”

BUEHNER, Francis J. “Frank”

BUEHNER, FRANCIS J. “FRANK”, age 97, Beloved husband of the late Arlene (Seelye). Loving father of Eileen Spada, Alan (Rosemary), Dale (Marianne), Francine (Vinny), Brian, Thomas (Donna), Edwin (Elaine), Marie Vetrano (Dene), Paul, Raymond, Frank (Lisa) and Charles (Dawn). Dear brother of 8 deceased siblings. Dear grandfather of 22 and great grandfather of 18.  WW II Navy Vet.

PLEASE MEET THE FAMILY AT CHURCH for the MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: TUES., July 28, 10:00 AM, St. Francis DeSales Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery. VISITATION: SUN., JULY 26th, 2-6 AND MON., JULY 27th, 2-4 AND 6-8 AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA (BETW. RIDGE & SNOW).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made “In trust of Raisin Canes”, c/o Judy Martins, 7541 S. Hampton Dr., N. Royalton, OH, 44133, www.RaisinCanes.orgTo offer condolences, visit www.ZaborFH.com

Frank Buehner, Age 97 was Aiming for 100, Senior Cleveland Entertainer’s dream was to “pass up George Burns” by Judy Martins
 
Audiences across Northeast Ohio, young and old alike, will fondly remember Frank “Maurice” Buehner for his successful 16 year run with the Raisin’ Canes, senior vaudeville dancers from the Smallwood Senior Center in Parma. He energetically performed his spot
on Maurice Chevalier solo routine well over 1,000 times, dazzling the ladies with his uncanny resemblance to the French star and his charming smile and hugs. He danced and kibitzed his way into their hearts to the song, “I’m Glad I’m not Young Anymore.”
 
Many enter show business at an early age, but NOT many have launched a career on the boards at age 80. In 1999 he visited the Smallwood Center in search of a pinochle game, and made a wrong turn into the large mirrored room where the Raisin’ Canes were rehearsing. The delighted group handed him a cane, locked the door, and began teaching him their vaudeville dance routines. The rest is history. He’d always loved dancing, but never dreamed he was destined to become be a tap dancing vaudeville star in his 80s and 90s. He loved to perform. Off stage, he’d often begin chatting with strangers in area
restaurants while having supper, and ultimately be on his feet doing “Maurice,“ leading them in song. The smiling waitresses and other diners would break into applause, just loving the fun.
 
Entertaining with the Raisin’ Canes at countless events and facilities over the years, he was especially inspired and gratified during performances at nursing homes by the brightened, smiling faces of the residents. Their delight, grateful appreciation and hugs were “what he lived for.”
 
Frank was fifth in a family of 10 children, growing up during the Great Depression on Cleveland’s east side, near League Park. For entertainment, he and his friends would gather outside with catcher’s mitts during Indians’ games, hoping to catch a long fly or home run ball and he had an amazing collection! He remained a loyal and fervent fan of all Cleveland teams throughout his lifetime.
 
Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served from 1941 thru 1945,on the Commander’s Flagship, LSM 54 , in 7 major and 10 minor Pacific campaigns, including the major battle at Leyte Gulf (formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, and generally considered to be the largest naval battle of
World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.
 
Frank earned an Accounting Degree from Fenn College, and in 1949 married Arlene Seelye, a lovely nursing graduate from St. Johns College. He started his own business, Consumers Products, which later became Buehner’s Office Supplies at West 58th and Detroit, during which time he served as Director of the National Office Machine Dealers Association, and officer of Cleveland Office Machine Dealers.
 
The couple and their growing family moved to Parma in 1958, becoming active members of St. Francis De Sales Church. Frank held many positions within the parish, including their Holy Name Society, and among other honors was proud to have been voted their “Man of the Year.”
 
Relinquishing the business to his son in 1986, Frank retired at age 69. He welcomed the extra time to play pinochle, bowl on three leagues, but most especially to spend with his 12 children (9 sons and three daughters) and their families (now 23 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren). He lost his beloved Arlene in 1997, but treasured their nearly 50 years of love and devotion, happiness, travel, dancing and especially raising their family together.
 
Frank said he had a “ticket for the midnight train.” He passed away on July 22nd, 11:37 pm at Parma Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments and wonderful memories.
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  1. Cathy and Ray Barton on July 26th, 2015 3:08 pm

    To the Buehner Family, our thoughts and prayers are with. I’m sure now dad is dancing in heaven!

  2. Ross and Rita Keller on July 27th, 2015 11:12 am

    Hi guys,
    Your dad is finally dancing with his favorite partner. We will miss him so much that it hurts knowing that our phone conversations are now over. Memories are best ever and no one can ever take them away.

    We love all of you.

    Rita and Ross

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