Frank J. Danyla

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Frank J. Danyla AmsterdamFrank J. Danyla died December 28, 2012 at the age of 101. He was born April 16, 1911 in Amsterdam, New York to Katrina (Wassel) and Anthony Danyla. Shortly thereafter his family returned to Lithuania where Frank spent his childhood and adolescence, attending local schools and churches. He was a devout Catholic throughout his life. As a child he experienced the hardships of WWI, in which his father, a doctor, was killed, which affected him deeply. He returned to Amsterdam in 1928 and worked in the carpet mills as a weaver for many years. During this time he paid for the seminary education of his brother, Anthony, who remained in Lithuania. During the Great Depression he was fortunate to work in the CCC planting trees, building dams in Tennessee and roads in Idaho. He helped build Amsterdam's present Post Office. He attempted to enlist in the US Army but was rejected in time of peace. At the outbreak of WWII, he was drafted into the US Army where he trained with artillery. He served in General Patton's 3rd Army, XX corps, 459 AAA (anti-aircraft artillery) half track gunner, throughout the European campaign, from the breakout from Normandy to the end of the war in Czechoslovakia. He ascribed his survival on many occasions to the hand of God which protected him from the bullets which fell like rain. At war's end he returned to Amsterdam where he met his future wife, Vincenta Tamoliunas, in Saint Casimir's Church choir. They married on Thanksgiving Day 1945 and were blessed with four children, Mary, Casimir (deceased), Francis and Catherine. With the loss of Amsterdam's carpet mills, Frank attended machinist night school and was subsequently employed for several years at General Electric in Schenectady. He credited his long life and good health to physical work, home-grown fruits and vegetables, moral living and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Vincenta, in 2004. They were married for 59 years. He is survived by three children; granddaughter, Roxanne Modafferi; several nieces and many cousins. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on today, Monday, December 31, 2012 at 11 o'clock at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY. Interment will follow in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Amsterdam. Arrangements have been entrusted to Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, New York 12010. Please visit the online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Dec. 31, 2012
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