1. Dr. Fritz Fraunfelder
Frederick or "Fritz"
Theodore Fraunfelder was born in August 16, 1934 in
Pasadena, Calif. He and his wife and high school
sweetheart, Yvonne, raised
five children: Yvette (Sherwood, OR), Helene
(Poway, Calif.), Nina (Tustin, Calif.), Frederick W. or "Rick"
(Lake Oswego), and Nick (The Woodlands, Texas).
show business, Fritz found hissuccess in medicine,
particularly in the treatment of eye cancer. He received
his formal medical degree at
Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR, in
1960. He also did advanced study at the
University of Chicago School
fellowship in glaucoma at Johns Hopkins School of
external diseases at Moorfields Eye Hospital at
the University of London.
He is the founder of the
"Casey Eye Institute" which is part of Oregon
Health and Science University. He is the author of
medical textbooks and journals on the eye. He also
founded the "National Registry of Drug-Induced Ocular
Side Effects" which is a clearinghouse of information on
adverse ocular events associated with drugs, chemicals
and herbals. In 2008
he co-authored a non-medical book, Retirement Rx,
a book that is his prescription for a successful
retirement. Fritz is not yet completely retired, he
remains a professor at the Casey Eye Institute, where
his son, Rick, is an associate professor. Fritz and
Yvonne live in Lake Oswego, Ore.
Five grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren: Yvette and her
husband, Kevin, have a son, Connor. Helene and her
husband, Bing, have three children: Matt, Kara and
Brooke. Nina and her husband, Scott, have four children:
Courtney, J.D., Nicolette and Rees. Rick and his wife,
Wendee, have four children: Mikayla, Jake, Gracie-Anne,
and Sara Jane. Nick and his wife, Gabby, have three
children: Asher, Keilan and Piper.
Yvette, Nina and Helen
2. Hansi Fraunfelder
John or "Hans" Ernest Fraunfelder is pictured with his
wife Frida, and
children. They are sons Brent and Scott, and daughter Sonia.
Hans was born Aug. 22, 1930 in San Fernando, CA. He died March 23, 2000 in Vancouver,
His son, Scott, lives in Portland, OR. His daughter,
Sonia, lives in Hillsboro, OR and has a son, Evan.
Photo, left, was taken in 1950.
3. Helen Fraunfelder Kleser
Helen Frieda (Fraunfelder) Kleser was born Sept. 12,
1928 in Anaheim, CA. and died April 6, 1962 at the age
of 33. Her portrait, left, was taken in
1954. Helen and her husband, Ed, had three children. The
earlier family picture (right) with both parents was
taken in 1956. The two children are Cathy and Johnny.
The bottom photo is Helen with all three children:
young Jimmy, Johnny and Cathy.
Cathy married Randy Dangremond and they live in
Three grandchildren and three great grandchildren:
Johnny, who died in 2005, had two daughters and a son.
Johnny's daughter, Amy Kleser Nela, now lives in
Vancouver, WA, with her husband, Lear. Amy and
Lear have a son, Zachery, and
a second son, Grayson, was born on Sept. 11, 2012. Johnny's other daughter, Heidi, also resides in Vancouver. Johnny's son is named Eric.
Jimmy Kleser is married to Jean and they have a son, Jameson.
Ed, now 82 years old, lives in Hillsboro, Ore.
Helen died from bronchopneumonia at Dammasch State
Hospital in Wilsonville, Ore. Her
interment is at Willamette National Cemetery.
Ruth (Fraunfelder) Buckley
was born March 25,1924 in Van Nuys, California. In 1950, she
married Richard Buckley, an electrical engineer who was
plant superintendent for Sprague Electric and Cera-Mite
in Grafton, Wisconsin.
She played keyboard, often piano, for the Swiss Family
Fraunfelder as well as sang and yodeled with the group through the
"Schlitz Family Fraunfelder" era.
Ruth and Dick had
four children: Helen
Buckley of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Robert Buckley of
Mequon, Wisconsin, Jim Buckley of San Jose,
California, and John Buckley of Woodside, California.
Ruth died in 1997..Dick
died on April 20, 2016.
Seven Grandchildren: Bob and his wife,
Marlene, have three children: Megan, Kelly and Nick. Jim
and his wife,
Sue, have two children, David and Shannon. John and his
wife, Wendy, have two sons, Peter and Alex.
Betty was born "Elisabeth"
Frauenfelder in Amden, Switzerland (Canton: St. Gallen.)
It was around midnight on
December, 22, 1922. Her name was later changed to
"Elizabeth" with a "z" but almost everyone called her
Betty. She is pictured
at right in the early 1960s with her husband, Stanton, and
Larry (Olympia, WA), Lisa (looking at Betty, Spokane,
WA) and Linda (Spokane, WA.) Betty raised her family in
Spokane, WA, where she died Dec. 8, 2008, just a couple
weeks before her 87th birthday. Stanton died in Olympia
in 1990. Both are buried in Olympia, WA.
Seven Grandchildren: Larry and his
wife, Robin, have four children: Aaron, Tiffany, Adam,
and Cara. Lisa had two daughters with her late
husband, Akira Yoshida. Akira died in 2010. Their
children are Anna and Mia. Linda and her husband,
Paul Johnson, have a daughter, Lisa.
Two great grandchildren: Adam and his
wife, Hannah, have a daughter, Poppy, and live in
Pullman, Washington. Lisa and her
husband, Matt Neel, have a daughter and live in the
technically bore the name of his father,
Reinhard Wiliam Frauenfelder (Papa) and his grandfather,
Reinhard Frauenfelder. So, he could have been
Reinhard III. But everyone called him Rheiny. Rheiny was
born April 28, 1920 in Amden, Switzerland.
His legal name was later changed to
On April 16, 1955, he married Annelise Muecke or "Annie" in
Rheiny and Annie raised his family of
three children: two daughters
(Erika and Heidi) and one son
(Reinhard IV or Ryan, whom the family called "Buba.")
Rheiny died in
Salem on Feb. 2, 2007. Annie still lives in the Portland
area. Annie is the granddaughter of a German founding
family in the Old Aurora Colony in Aurora, Ore.
The 600-member colony was composed of mostly Swiss and
German emigrants and operated as a commune from
1856-1883. More information on the
commune is available at
Erika married Ivan Williams. The couple lives in Foothill Ranch,
Calif. Erika and Ivan have two daughters,Teryn
Heidi lives in Portland, Ore.
Ryan and his wife, Marianne, live in Tigard, Ore. and have four
children: Colin, Kyle, Andrea, and Megan.
|The children of Rheiny and Annie: Erika
Fraunfelder (1973), Ryan Fraunfelder (1975) and
Heidi Fraunfelder (1977)
At Home in Whitewater, Wisconsin
A greenhouse for Papa and his orchids - 1946
Elm Grove, Wisconsin
This was the Fraunfelder home
while they were working for Schlitz.
Special thanks to Richard Buckley for
Papa Fraunfelder Birthplace in Switzerland
Birthplace of Papa Fraunfelder, a Chalet
in Wildegg, Switzerland, circa 1998.
Papa was born here in 1895, 120 years
ago. We don't know the age of the
Chalet. This is a town of about 4,000
people with a history that dates back to
1200 A.D. and a history of settlement to
1050 B.C. (Photo courtesy of Fritz
& Yvonne Fraunfelder, Lake Oswego, Ore.)