Francis A. Prettyman

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Francis A. Prettyman

AGE: 94 • Wall

Francis A. Prettyman, the "Legend", 94, of Wall, passed away Friday, May 27, 2011, with his family by his side. Frank was born in Jersey City, moved to Bloomfield, where he resided for 20 years before moving to Sea Girt. Frank served with the Essex Troop during World War II. He was inducted in January 1940 at Ft. Jackson, S.C. and went overseas in September 1942. Frank fought in campaigns in Italy, Africa and France. Holder of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he was cited by the French and American military commanders for his courage and abilities. In 1994, his troop was honored by the town of Montrevel, France for its liberation on their 50th anniversary. On Veterans Day 2009, he received the Legion of Honor medal from the French Consulate for his contributions to the liberation of their country during World War II. After the war, he was employed by Pan American World Airways as a Staff Accountant for over 30 years. Upon retirement, he was a major force in raising funds for the restoration of the Sea Girt Lighthouse. He served as a trustee for St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church for 12 years and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He served as an eucharistic minister and was a pillar of the Church.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Angela; loving children, Dennis and Renee Prettyman of Elmwood Park, Jim Prettyman of Wall, Michelle and John Kerestan of Wall, Catharine and Robert Meskin of Middletown, and Margaret and Stephen Geiger of Fair Haven; and his cherished grandchildren, Emily, Alex and Grace Geiger, and Jonathan and Jordan Meskin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, Wall. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 3 at St. Mark's Church, 215 Crescent Parkway, Sea Girt, followed by burial at St. Catharine's Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank's name to the Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. For more information, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on June 1, 2011
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