Staroski, Frank L.
Frank L. Staroski passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Grand Island Veteran's Home. At his bedside were his wife of 67 years, Dorothy, and son, Frank. Frank was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Katherine and Walter Staroski on April 24, 1920. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Frank (Jean), daughters Roseanne and Janice, grandchildren, Nicholas, John, Annette, Kate, six great grandchildren, and sisters-in-law Katherine Staroska and Catherine (Rena) Staroski-Biga. He also stayed close to his many nieces and nephews.
Frank was a lifetime member of St. Stanislaus Parish starting with his baptism, alter boy, involvement in the choir where he met his wife, Dorothy, as well as being an usher and serving at funerals. For many years he delivered the Eucharist to home restricted church members. Throughout his church membership Frank volunteered at major parish functions. He also joined the Civilian Conservation Corp before he was old enough to join the army
. He was an active member with the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Disabled American Veterans and The Purple Heart
s for many decades.
Frank served in the Armored Infantry Spearhead Division during WWII
and saw combat at Normandy/Omaha Beach, Ardennes Forest (frequently referred to as The Battle of the Bulge) and The Rhineland, earning him four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Yet later, when he had children, he taught them to ride bicycles, shoot baskets and play jacks. He was proud of his military service and continued to serve by selling poppies every Veteran's Day and also doing volunteer work regularly at The Veteran's Hospital.
Frank loved his family and always put his family and their well being as a priority before his own needs. He was loved and respected by his wife, children, family and friends. He took over the family grocery store when he married Dorothy, working six day weeks. He improved the sausage recipe that his father-in-law brought with him from Poland, often making over 2,000 lbs for major holidays. Frank's Polish sausage is still remembered as the best.
Frank was a stellar bowler and avid outdoorsman in his early days, and a passionate golfer in later years. He taught by example - demonstrating how to be strong, resilient, honest, hard working, loving and respectful. He was quiet and didn't talk much but his responses were wise and thoughtful when asked for advice. He knew what was important in life and that the little stuff was not worth fretting over. He was a beloved husband, father, uncle, son, grandfather and great grandfather and respected by many.
Frank will be remembered for his strength of character, his bravery and his love for his family. He was a real man who knew what was important. Though he is gone from this world he will be in our hearts forever. We will always love you Dad.