PLYMOUTH - Frank M. "Mike" Sokolosky, 75, of 157 South St., Plymouth, and of 16 Chester St., Turners Falls, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Plymouth, MA.
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Michael was born in Greenfield on Oct. 6, 1938, the son of Frank A. and Frances (Gers) Sokolosky. He was educated in Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from GHS in the Class of 1956. Mike attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
and received his Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from STCC, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
He served honorably in the United States Army from 1957 to 1960 with A Battery, 1st Battalion attaining the rank of SP4.
Mike was employed as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department for 35 years.
He was a member and past president of the Montague Lions Club and member of the Franklin County Civil Air Patrol and the Franklin County Flying Club. He served on the Montague Airport Commission and fulfilled his lifelong dream of earning his private pilot's license. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as golfing, woodworking, fishing and hunting.
Mike was a devout communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls, where he served as a parish lector and was a staunch supporter of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.
He married his "best friend," the former Helen M. Zeno, on Sept. 1, 1962 in Bellows Falls, VT.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, Mike is lovingly remembered by his three children: Karin Gravina and her husband Carl, of Leverett; Jennifer Sokolosky Smith and her husband Billy, of Eldersburg, MD, and Nancy Horwood and her husband Ron of Sandwich.
He also leaves behind his loving grandchildren: Ryan, Mark, Caroline, Delaney, Nolan, Brennan and Crystal. Additionally, he leaves his sisters: Kathie Tessier of Chesterfield and Martha Knightly of Ware, and several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Services in celebration of Mike's life, will be observed on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., Turners Falls, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, pastor, with be the celebrant. Rites of committal and burial will full military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, with members of the 54th Massachusetts Army National Guard in attendance, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post No. 3295 of South Deerfield.
A visiting hour will precede the services on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect St., Turners Falls, from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m.
Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are encouraged in Mike's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or to Montague Catholic Social Ministries, P.O. Box 792, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at:
McCarthy Funeral Homes
14 Prospect Street Turners Falls, MA 01376
Published in The Recorder on May 24, 2014