Francis E. Garra, 69, of West Pittston, a humble man with a kind heart, entered into eternal rest at his home Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
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Born in Weatherly on May 23, 1944, he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret Bobal Garra and was a graduate of Weatherly High School, Class of 1965.
Francis was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, proudly serving on board the USS Ranger, CVA-61, Machinery Division P-1, from 1965 to 1969.
He was employed by Techneglas Inc., Jenkins Township, for 37 years until his retirement in 2004.
He enjoyed listening to Penn State football and Syracuse basketball on the radio. He loved the polkas, especially Stanky and the Coal Miners, and the country music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and various other country and "oldie-but-goodie" artists.
"Frank" always had an entertaining story to tell, and could often be found walking along the river or mediating underneath his favorite pine tree.
Preceding him in death were his brothers, Emil Garra (infant), James R. Garra and Robert D. Garra, and a sister, Dolores Garra Seavey.
Surviving are two brothers, Thomas F. Garra, Elizabeth, N.J.; and Andrew J. Garra Jr., West Pittston; two sisters, Margaret D. Garra Bray, Tamaqua; and Barbara J. Garra, Harrisburg; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, and even a few great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, with most residing in Mississippi, Wilkes-Barre and the Philadelphia area.
Known to all as "Uncle Francie," he was fondly loved and will be sadly missed, but long remembered.
A military funeral with honors, and interment, will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at 12:30 p.m. on March 21. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are provided by Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.
Memorial donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), 2600 Virginia Ave. N.W., No. 104, Washington, DC 20037.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Corcoran Funeral Home
20 S Main St
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 7, 2014