SOUTHAMPTON - Frank J. Romanowski, Jr., 85, formerly of Parc Place, Southampton, passed peacefully Feb. 17, 2013, at the Overlook at Northampton.
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He was born March 23, 1927, in Northampton, the son of the late Frank J. and Rose J. (Sienkiewicz) Romanowski.
He was educated in Northampton schools and was a graduate of the Northampton High Schools.
Frank served in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the S.S. Norway Victory VC2-S-AP3 and the S.S. J. Maurice Thompson Liberty during World War II and aboard the U.S.S. Saipan in the U.S. Navy after the war. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to the area in 1950 and opened the Frosan Food Specialties Co. in Northampton, producing the area favorites, Rose's Garlic Bread, Pizza and Pierogies. He later owned and operated the Beer and Wine Making Supplies Co., in Northampton, until his retirement in 1985. Frank organized and facilitated many beer and wine clubs throughout the area and consulted for many local microbreweries.
Most recently he had been a past treasurer of his condo association in Southampton. Frank was a communicant of the former Immaculate Conception Church, presently Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton.
He leaves his beloved wife of 63 years, Ann M. (Goldstaub) of Northampton; his two loving children, Gail Canon and her husband William A. of Easthampton and Paul J. Romanowski and his wife Sue Ellen of East Syracuse, N.Y.; two grandchildren Kira Goodman and Colby W. Canon; his sister, Joan Pitchko of Hatfield; and his many nieces and nephews.
Frank was predeceased by his siblings Tad Romanowski, Tom Romanowski and Jane Gwozdik.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams St., Easthampton. Calling hours will be held Friday 3 to 5 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 17 Clark St., Easthampton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Riverside Industries, 1 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 21, 2013