Frank J. Ptak
Frank J. Ptak a World War II Veteran February 10, 1925 to March 27, 2014. Frank J. Ptak was born in Housatonic and was a lifelong resident. He had been an altar boy at All Saints Church on Front Street. Only 17 years old, he drove to Westfield where his father was hospitalized, to get permission to enlist in the U.S. Navy. Frank served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, as a radioman aboard a Destroyer the U.S.S Charles S. Sperry (DD#697). Besides other medals, he received five bronze stars and in 1946 was Honorably Discharged from his military service. Married, this is their 65th year, Frank and Doris raised five children. He started his own business, the Housatonic Appliance Center which included T.V. sales and service. The store eventually moved to Great Barrington and later he opened another in Lee. Before retiring he concentrated on service. For many years he was a fireman with Housatonic's Volunteer Department. Over the years Frank played golf with buddies. He entertained any kid around (for a while at the "Housy-Q" with its pool tables and pinball machines). Of many skills he was a woodworker and carpenter, a photo developer and printer. He knew history, especially about Housatonic and World War II in the Pacific. There was always a pet or two at home. He tended to geraniums and roses. From the front porch he fed the birds, watched the hummingbirds and one curious crow always watched him. Forever young, he was 89. He joins in eternity his only son Frank Jr. and his youngest daughter Alesia Marie, both of Cystic Fibrosis. He was also predeceased by his parents, brother and sisters. He leaves his devoted wife Doris Ptak; three daughters- Terry Ptak, and the twins Pamela Bailey and Deborah Ptak; five grandchildren- Denise and Andrew Kay, Jo-Ellen Jeffries, Roger Jr. and Eric Bailey; and three great grandsons. The family requested private services officiated by Father William P. Murphy on Saturday March 29th. The funeral mass was at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Corpus Christi Church. Friend and neighbor Michael Beligni arranged via the Adams Budz Post the Military Funeral Guard. The flag of the United States of America was formally presented to Frank's wife, Doris Ptak. A memorial contribution may be made to either the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish. They are being accepted care of Birches-Roy Funeral Home 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Birches-Roy Funeral Home
33 South St Great Barrington, MA 01230
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 3, 2014