Joseph C. Fronko, 80, of Jamestown, Pa., passed away Monday, August 4, 2014, at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 16, 1934, a son of the late Joseph Fronko and late Mary Margaret (Lashorn) Fronko-Davis.
Joe was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U. S. Navy, serving for 22 years on many aircraft carriers and patrol boats, during the Korean Conflict
and the Vietnam War
. Various assignments included Whidbey Island, Washington, Alaska, Japan, California, and Jacksonville, Fla. He saw duty on the USS Ticonderoga, Midway, Coral Sea, USS Shangri-La and Bon Homme Richard, to name a few. After retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for Anchor Motor Freight.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie C. (Canon) Fronko, who passed away June 24, 2013; stepfather, Frank Davis; and a sister, Violet Cheeks.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Judith Johnson (Stephen) of Meadville, Pa.; two stepsons, Michael Harkless (Cindie) of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio and Christopher Harkless (Maureen) of Meadville, Pa.; grandchildren, Adrianne, Deneil, Samuel, Joseph, Michael, and John and Lee; great-grandchildren, Ainsley, Farren and Cadock. In addition, are his nieces and nephews, Butch Cheeks and his wife, Cindy, Joe and his wife, Kitty, as well as Patty Cheeks and Norman Cheeks, also surviving. He also had great-nieces and great-nephews, Brian (Kirsten) Cheeks, Jared Cheeks, Sarah Noll (Michael) and Katy Cheeks (Leland Hayes).
Funeral arrangements are private and at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brugger Funeral Home & Crematory, 845 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Donation may be made to ALS Disease, 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15209.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 31, 2014