Thursday, October 16, 2003

F. Begnoche took pride in construction

Father of nine was WWII vet

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

EDGEWOOD - Fermin "Pee Wee" Begnoche worked long hours for 30 years helping to install Northern Kentucky's infrastructure through his contracting business.

Mr. Begnoche, owner of B.J. Construction Co. in Edgewood until his retirement in 1982, died Monday at Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. He was 79.

Mr. Begnoche did heavy excavation work and installed sewer lines and sidewalks, said his daughter, Candice Trenkamp of Burlington.

He worked hard to provide for his wife and nine children, but the construction work was a point of pride and a big part of his life, his daughter said.

"Even after a job was done, he would take the family on a ride to show them the sidewalk or sewer he just finished," Trenkamp said. "He didn't like to take shortcuts."

Trenkamp said her father was quiet and wasn't someone who belonged to groups because of the time he had to devote to his work.

"When he wasn't working, he was at home with his children," his daughter said.

Born in Canada, Mr. Begnoche and his family moved to Vermont, where he grew up on a farm.

During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa and Europe, service his daughter said he was always proud of.

After the war, he relocated to the Cincinnati area.

He never lost his love for Vermont or riding snowmobiles, and each year he returned there to visit, his daughter said.

Survivors include two other daughters, Wendy Matthews of Crittenden and Laura Volz of Florence; six sons, Brian of Fort Thomas, Timothy and Robert, both of Edgewood, Buddy of Lakeside Park, Donald of Hebron and David of Sarasota, Fla.; two brothers, Lawrence and Pat, both of Middlebury, Vt.; a sister, Muriel Blythe of Courtland, Va., 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Claire, died in 1991.

Visitation will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Linnemann Funeral Home in Erlanger. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood. Entombment will be in Mother of God Cemetery Mausoleum in Fort Wright.

Memorials: American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 43218-2039.


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