Frank Auf der Maur
Aug. 3, 1926-Feb. 7, 2021
On August 3rd, 1926, in the village of Steinen, Switzerland, Josef Leo and Rosa Anna Marie Auf der Maur welcomed their second son, Franz, into the world.
Franz learned his trade by working in his fathers cabinet shop and trade school in Switzerland.
In 1952, Franz was introduced to Konrad Rickenbach’s cousin, Alma Rickenbach. Who had two girls, Alma and Pauline (Cookie) from an earlier marriage. Franz moved to Pleasanton, California and changed his name to Frank On December 5, 1953, he and Alma married. Frank then opened Pleasanton Cabinet Shop in an old barn.
He and Alma had two children, daughter, Anita Rosa and son, Frank Jr
Frank bought an old horse ranch on Santa Rita Road and relocated Pleasanton Cabinet Shop there. He encouraged his friend Konrad Rickenbach to come to America and become his partner. Frank and Konrad started Pleasanton Development and began building apartments, medical of?ces and commercial buildings. Frank and Konrad partnered with Frank Schmidig, Robert (Bob) Armknecht and DR. Ralph Juhl D.D.S. By the late 1970’s Frank and Konrad found themselves developing Stanley Business Park. Stanley Business Park provided opportunities for many new businesses.
In the early 1980’s, Frank and Konrad faced issues with the local millworkers’ union. The Union chose to Strike which went on for months. Arson burned Pleasanton Cabinet Shop to the ground.
Frank, Konrad, Frank Schmidig and Bob Armknecht began cleaning up the destruction, and Pleasanton Cabinet Shop was no longer. Frank and Konrad went on managing and developing Stanley Business Park.
In 1993 Alma died. On April 12,1996, Frank married Rosemary Enz. Frank enjoyed staying connected with the local Swiss communities. Surrounded by his adoring family he passed quietly and calmly. His love for our Heavenly Father led him back home.
Frank is survived by his wife Rosemary, sister Rosa Frye, daughters Pauline (Cookie) Cameron and Anita AufderMaur, son Frank AufderMaur Jr., and son in law Wayne Swisher. Seven grandchildren; Brett (Daphne) Swisher, Brian (Tara) Swisher, Grant Cameron, Andrea (Chris) Gorden, De Anna (Thom) Bradley, Nik (Corrine) Colella, and Zacharius AufderMaur.
Frank was preceded in death by ?rst wife Alma Mary AufderMaur, daughter Alma Swisher, son in law Robert Cameron, brothers Josef Maria, Abt Ivo and Alois Anton, sisters Anna Andermatt and Hedwig Fischlin, brother in law Dominick Rickenbach and sister in law Margarette Brunno.
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A Rosary and Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at St. Augustine’s Church, 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, California.
REMEMBRANCES: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tri-Valley Hope Hospice.