Francis R. Reichel|
AGE: 82 • Tinton Falls
Francis R. (Frank) Reichel, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 3, 2014. He was born in the New York Foundling and raised by loving foster parents, Mary and Joseph del Toro in Queens, NY. The giving spirit of his mother is reflected in his life. He joined the Air Force at age 17 and served his country for 20 years, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. His Air Force service included driving a supply truck during the Berlin Airlift in Erding, Germany. He became a Procurement specialist when a captain selected him for a position because he knew the city well and had picked up some of the language. Additional relocations included Valdosta, GA; Tokyo, Japan (where he met and married his wife Carol); Altus, OK; Brindisi, Italy and San Angelo, TX.
Upon retirement from active duty, he spent 18 years at Fort Monmouth, NJ with the Army Civil Service as a contract specialist. Frank was involved in the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years serving as Grand Knight in both Oklahoma and New Jersey. His military training led him to the post of Marshall of the 4th Degree for the Color Guard where he had the honor to guard Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II.
He lived in West Long Branch, NJ for almost 40 years and served his community as a board member of Peter Cooper Village. He was also a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Jerome's Church.
He and his wife Carol moved to Seabrook Village where he continued his community service serving as a lector at Mass, as a member of the Catholic Council and as Sergeant of Arms for the Veterans club.
He was a loving father and devoted husband who loved to travel to new places. His unique hobby was "collecting counties". He had wanted to be in all 3000 counties in the United States and had visited 68% before his death.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carol Casey Reichel; daughters, Elizabeth Reichel of Fredericksburg, VA; and Pamela Faccone and her husband Dennis of Eatontown; and his son, Peter Reichel and wife Catherine of Neptune, along with 4 grandchildren.
A mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 in the Town Square Auditorium at Seabrook Village, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Seabrook Continuing Care Fund attn: Ann Marie Mathews, 3000 Essex Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in the fall. To place a message of condolence in Mr. Reichel's Book of Memories, please visit www.woolleyboglioli.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 6, 2014