Bernard L. Frantz, 90, of Plains Township passed into God's arms with his family by his side Friday, April 26, 2013, while a patient in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born June 17, 1922 in Kingston, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Steinkirchner) Frantz. Bernard was a graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1940, and enjoyed the old rivalry with his wife's school, James M. Coughlin, especially on Thanksgiving. His wife, the former Lillian Sisko, was the love of his life and they were inseparable. They enjoyed a long and loving marriage of 68 years usually holding hands and sharing loving glances.
Bernie was a devoted husband and father, and worked long and hard for the good of his family.
Having served in World War II in Europe, he returned home to work in the coal mines for Sindaco and Prospect Mine. He also worked in manufacturing, at Prudential Insurance and as a carpenter at Rudibon until he retired.
His voice was remarkable and he soloed at Madison Square Garden with Concordia in the 1950s and 1960s. He also sang solos in church and with the Knights of Columbus for several years. Bernie was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township, and was a member of the Holy Name Society and a lector at Sacred Heart Church, Plains Township, until its closing. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne. His strong faith and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary were always evident to those who knew him. He often stated that his rosary got him through the cold and danger during World War II where he served as an infantry man in the 42nd Rainbow Division under Gen. George S. Patton in Rhineland and Central Europe. While in the military, he rose to the rank of staff sergeant, serving with G2 Intelligence and was the only non commission officer in War Crimes Investigation leading to the Nuremberg trials.
Bernie's six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren referred to him always as "Pop" and got big hugs and kisses from them; they were the joy of his life. Bernard and Lillian through example always instilled a strong and enduring sense of family and belonging. Holidays and any reason to get together mattered most and they enjoyed card games on Sunday nights.
In addition to his mother and father, Bernie was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Robert and Carl; and sisters, Gertrude Grausam and Rita Slavinski.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Lillian, are his son, Dr. Bernard Frantz and his wife, Sandra, Plains Township; daughter, Mariann McGroarty and her husband Joseph, Plains Township; grandchildren, Dr. Bernard E. Frantz and his wife, Susan, Shavertown; Wendy Nussey and her husband, Dr. Richard, Ocean City, N.J., Joseph A. McGroarty and his wife, Kathy, Arlington, Va.; Bernard A. McGroarty and his wife, Julie Anna, Hagerstown, Md., Mariann Jurista and her husband, Mark, Mountain Top; April McGroarty and her fiance, Brian Godlewski, eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
He will be remembered and missed forever by his family and wife, Lillian.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment will be held in Sacred Heart Slovak Cemetery, Dallas.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Center 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, or to St. Ann's Basilica, 1250 St. Ann St., Scranton, PA 18504.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcorandunerlhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013