Frank Besl

November 30, -0001 - June 30, 2009

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BESL, Frank “Hank,” beloved husband of 58 years of Virginia Besl (nee Merz), loving father of Mary Huff, Emily (Ken) Henry, Paul Besl, John (fiancee Dee Albrinck) Besl, Jim (Jan) Besl, Ted (Leslie) Besl and Betsy (Don) Hensley, dear grandfather of Mary, Sophie, Jeanette, Joe, Marty, Amy, Will, Michael, Sadie, Jean and Regan, brother of Mary (the late Bob) Gandenberger, Audrey (John) Saunders, Bob (Lynn) Besl and the late Ray, Al and Bill Besl, brother-in-law of Carol, Rita and Mary Anne Besl, also survived by numerous family and friends. Hank retired in 1988 after 42 years of dedicated service to the Besl Transfer Company. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, age 81. Friends may call at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, Friday 4-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Little Flower Church, 5560 Kirby Rd., Mt. Airy, Saturday 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Hospice of Cincinnati or St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys.


Mike Ferrell - Dec 12, 2009

I found out late about Hank’s passing. I worked for Hank at Besl’s from 1972 thru 1977. I have thought about Hank many times as the years have passed. I want to tell a story. My wife was about to have our first child. Center Hill bank denied me a loan. Hank called and told the manager if I did not pay the loan, he would. I got the loan. I have never forgot his kindness. God Bless to you all.

William L. Diss - Jul 8, 2009
William L. Diss - Jul 8, 2009

Dear Virginia,

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband. You may not remember the Diss family on Marshall Avenue, but I can still remember my mother’s pleasant reaction when she would receive your family’s Christmas cards those many years ago. I often think of the Merz family since I still have the home on Marshall – my youngest son lives there now and my daughter lives in the Wernke house.

May God bless you and comfort you and your family now and always.

Sincerely, William (Leroy) Diss and family

St. Xavier High School - Jul 7, 2009

We at St. Xavier High School were truly sorry to hear of the passing of Hank. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. May the spirit of St. Francis Xavier be with you and your family during this difficult time.


John Schrantz ‘96
Director of Alumni Relations

Fr. Denny Ahern ‘56
Alumni Chaplain

Anthony E. Schad ‘81
Director of Development Services

Bill DeCenso - Jul 5, 2009

Ginny – We just got back in town from a week away and learned of Hank’s passing. What a fine man he was! I enjoyed seeing him each and every time we’d be together, and very much appreciated how well he treated me. You have our sympathies. Bill

Marilyn Schirmann - Jul 4, 2009

Accept my sincere Sympathy.

Judy Byers - Jul 3, 2009

Dear Betsy,

So sorry to hear about your father.

Judy Byers MCCB

Steve Goforth - Jul 3, 2009


Today I mourn your loss.


Patty Whaley - Jul 3, 2009

Ken, Emily, Amy, Jean and the whole Besl family,
I am so sorry for your loss and please know that I am praying for you. The loss of a parent/grandparent is one of life’s greatest trials. My love to all of you.

Lynda Wick - Jul 3, 2009

My prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days.
God’s Peace,

Ann Lumb - Jul 3, 2009

My deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband/father.

I know Emily, Ken, Amy and Jean from St. Marys.

Bill Tonnis - Jul 2, 2009

John: My heart-felt sympathies to you and your family.

Christine Jette - Jul 2, 2009

Dear Betsy,

I am so sorry to learn of the death of your father. Please know that caring thoughts are with you and your entire family.

In friendship,
Christine Jette
Member of the MCCB

Doug Miller - Jul 1, 2009

So sorry to hear about your loss

Judy Neyer - Jul 1, 2009

Betsy and Don Hensley – I am so sorry for you loss. I know he was a great man.

Judy Neyer