Rolland William Frahm was born May 4, 1929 to Marie (née Westby) and Henry Frahm in Wauwatosa, WI. Rolly was the middle of five children: Elaine, Shirley, Rolly, Audrey, and Ken. Growing up in a time when cows could be seen along Wells Street, he had a busy and enjoyable childhood. Graduating from Wauwatosa High School in 1947, he embarked upon a career in flooring. In the summer of 1950, Rolly took a fishing trip, with a stopover in Minneapolis. It was there at a dance hall that he met LaVerne Ganyo from St. Louis Park. The dancing led to an instant friendship. Later that summer, spurred by the call-up of his Army Reserve unit to Fort Sill, Rolly proposed to LaVerne - and she agreed! Thus, on December 30, 1950, they married after just six months of engagement - a whirlwind romance for the books!
With his Army service completed, the young couple returned to Wisconsin and in 1956 built their first and forever home on Lilac Lane in New Berlin. There they led their busy life, running Frahm’s Carpet Lair while raising their three kids, sending them to Lutheran schools and giving them the best example of hard work, family fun and great road-trip vacations.
The year 1979 saw the closing of the carpet store and a new career for Rolly as a mechanic at Milwaukee Transit Company. He retired from there in 1991. Rolly’s later years saw him enjoying his seven grandkids, planning new improvement projects and serving faithfully at his home congregation, Apostles of Christ Lutheran Church. He even acquired a new hobby - the design and fabrication of beautiful photo frames from scrapped and discarded wood.
Rolly was born to eternal life on August 2, 2019, after a month of battling terminal bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife of 68 years LaVerne (nee Ganyo), his children Rolly Jr., Terry (David) Van Slett and Cindy (Rick) Eastman. He is further survived by seven grandchildren Jake Eastman, Parker (Rachael) Eastman, Ryan Eastman, Steve (Abby) Van Slett, Jeanelle (T. J.) Kelley, Melissa Van Slett, Martin (Kate) Van Slett, and three great-grandchildren Adelaide, and Celia Van Slett and Simeon Kelley.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 24, at 11:00 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, W240 N3103 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Visitation will be at the church from 10:00 to 11:00AM.
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