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Frances Winifred Pobiak


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Frances Winifred Pobiak Obituary
Pobiak, Frances Winifred
was born January 8, 1925 in Philadelphia, only child of Rose (Morris) from County Tyrone, N Ireland and Franklin Detwiler, a railroad engineer. She was a telephone operator during World War II. At 20 years of age, she married Gustav Vass, a Merchant Marine Lt. in World War II. Together they moved to South Florida in 1951 and raised three children who always felt loved and nurtured by her. Later she became office manager of the Carpenters' District Council, then Business Manager of OPEIU (Office of Professional Employees International Union). As president, in 1974 she opened the National Convention at the Diplomat Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1972 she moved to Arizona with her new husband, Joseph Mankowich, and they soon opened a gift shop in several locations in Scottsdale, which eventually included glassware from Murano. In 1980, while a volunteer at Scottsdale Hospital, she met her next husband, George Pobiak. Her family really expanded with his two sons and their children and she loved them all. She and George were married for 21 happy years and were pioneers in the newly established St Patrick Church in Scottsdale. She helped begin the Ministry of Care and became involved in various other ministries there. She loved to travel, by car, throughout Arizona or on cruises with George. Her fourteen years at Westminster Village brought many new friends. She enjoyed watching footballs games and "Dancing with the Stars" - as an avid dancer herself; and she would have loved to have been a race car driver. Last year at her 90th birthday, she arrived at the party at Mimi's on the back of a motorcycle in an Elvis jacket and sunglasses. She was heard saying: "I'm not crazy, I'm just enjoying life. She always had a ready smile and a kind word of encouragement for everyone and was quick with a funny comment for any situation. Her warmth, kindness and friendliness will be greatly missed. She is survived by children: Sandra LaBonte (Jack) of Scottsdale; Gustav Vass of Plantation, FL; Sister Frances Vass, a Poor Clare in Chesterfield, NJ; Dennis Pobiak (Marilyn) of Scottsdale; Ray Pobiak (Peggy) of Murrysville, PA; also grandchildren in Scottsdale: Mary LaBonte; James LaBonte; Jennifer LaBonte (deceased); Brandon Pobiak (Cherie); Donald Pobiak (Maria); Kim (Clint) Tryon; also eleven great grandchildren. On Thursday, March 10th, a celebration of Fran's life will be held at St Patrick Church, Scottsdale: the Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment will be
private. Please come and share the joy of knowing and loving Fran. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Patrick Church, Scottsdale or the Monastery of St Clare, 150 White Pine Rd, Chesterfield, NJ 08515.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2016
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