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Violently taken from us on June 14, 2006 Fernand was born on September
29, 1927 in Alsace . Fernand Received numerous degrees from the school of life. Conscripted into the
German Army during World War II, he Was sent to the Russian Front. He deserted and walked from back to
dodging bullets, bombs and German patrols all the way. Once he returned to , Fernand joined the
Free French Forces to liberate . From he emigrated to Montreal and became an excellent chef and
restauranteur. He spent some time In Miami as a Skipper on a yacht, then moved to San Francisco and resumed
his work in various top restaurants, Befriending people from all walks of life including close friend Rocky
Marciano. In the late Sixties he was able to Open his own restaurant, La Cigogne, in San Mateo , in partnership with
his brother and brother-in-law, Fernand Was the chef and proud of the fine dining experiences he was able to
provide. Fernand was a jack of all trades, Especially a fine carpenter and it was through this work he met his
loving and devoted wife, Suzanne Chagniot From Belfort, France. Together they created a beautiful life,
entertaining family and friends in their home with Epic six hour dinner parties. The finest French Champagne and wine
flowed all evening. Fernand and Suzanne's Work ethic and wise investments allowed them to build a comfortable life
together which they fully took advantage Of, traveling to all parts of the world and returning annually to to
visit family. Raconteurs and men of the World like Fernand will sorely be missed and not easily forgotten by many
dear friends and family in the , and Canada. Survivors include his loving brother, Norbert Wagner, his
brothers-in-law, Rene Chagniot And Bernard Chagniot, his sisters-in-laws, Genevieve Combel (Henri),
Therese Equez and Michelle Chagniot. His nephews Marc Wagner (Jennifer), Richard Chagniot (Jean), Philippe
Chagniot (Barbara), Henri Combel (Michelle), Emmanuel Equez (Carla) and nieces Hannah Wagner, Jacqueline
Chagniot, Catherine Bendayan (Albert), Nicole Chagniot McDevitt (Kyle) and too many great nephews,
nieces and cousins to list. Suzanne Was born on June 13, 1938 in Belfort France. Loving and loyal wife of
Fernand who protected her until the end And ascended into heaven with her. Suzanne is survived by her loving
family here and in France, brothers Rene Chagniot and Bernard Chagniot, sisters Genevieve Combel (Henri),
Therese Equez and Michelle Chagniot, Brother-in-law Norbert Wagner, nephews Henri Combel (Michelle), Marc
Wagner (Jennifer), Emmanuel Equez (Carla), Richard Chagniot (Jean) and Philippe Chagniot (Barbara). Nieces
Jacqueline Chagniot, Nicole Chagnoit McDevitt (Kyle), Catherine Bendayan (Albert) and Hannah Wagner and many
loving great nephews and nieces. Suzanne knew from a young age that she was destined for more than her
small French town had to offer. She Emigrated to the U.S. in the early sixties. She became a hairdresser,
never missing a day of work in 40 years and Remaining very loyal to all her clients. Most importantly, her existence
was so completely intertwined and Complimented by her husband Fernand. Together they were an unforgettable
couple, showing elegance and class In every situation. Their loyalty and concern for family and friends
were unsurpassed. Suzanne worked very hard But also enjoyed life, traveling the world and entertaining in small
gatherings or big parties. She was always Concerned that everyone ate well, drank well and enjoyed themselves.
Those who knew her well know that she Was one of a kind and although we would sometimes roll our eyes, we all
loved her deeply. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass for Fernand and Suzane 11:00
A.M. Friday, June 23rd, 2006 at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 17th Avenue at Vincente Street in San
Francisco followed by Committal in Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Blvd. in San Mateo . In lieu of
flowers the family prefers memorials in their in San Mateo .In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials in their Memories be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd
Street, NY 10016 or to St. Cecilia's Activity or to St. Cecilia's Activity or to St. Cecilia's Activity Center Drive, 2555 17th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. Arrangements
entrusted to SKYLAWN SAN BRUNO

Funeral Home
Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park
Highway 92 at Skyline Boulevard San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 349-4411