Frank W. Sekelsky, 91, of 14 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Katherine Knopic Sekelsky. He married Wanda Waskiewicz on Sept. 30, 1944 in Holy Cross Church, Rasselas. She survives.
He was born in Johnsonburg but resided in Wilcox most of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1938. He was a member of St. Ann's Church in Wilcox where he was an usher for many years, the Wilcox American Legion, Rolfe Sportsmen's Club, VFW, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a former member of the Prince of Piedmont Club and an avid card player, hunter and fisherman. He loved playing baseball and was an avid baseball fan.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army as a sergeant with Company A 21st Armored Infantry Battalion of the 11th Armored Division in the Ardennes-Rhineland and Central European Campaigns, for which he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
He was employed by Penntech Papers as a foreman for 44 years, retiring in 1982.
In addition to his wife, Wanda, he is survived by three sons, Thomas Sekelsky and his wife Shari of Warren, William Sekelsky and his wife Donna of Kane, and Robert Sekelsky and his wife Dori of Wilcox; three daughters, Eileen, Mrs. William Harper of Butler, Diane, Mrs. Robert Franco of Johnsonburg, and Karen Gordon of Johnsonburg; nine grandchildren: and 11 great-grandchildren. He was the last member of his immediate family
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, John and Joseph Sekelsky; and four sisters, Katherine Sekelsky, Mary Metz, Helen Sekelski and Margaret Riley.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Frank W. Sekelsky will be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m.
Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Rasselas.
Friends will be received at the Anthony F, Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.