Joseph F. Frankowski, West Scranton, died Wednesday morning at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center. He is survived by his devoted wife, the former Mary Ann Wirnowski. They would have celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary on July 25.
Born in Scranton on Feb. 24, 1928, son of the late Stanley and Kamillia Oldziej Frankowski, he was a 1946 graduate of West Scranton High School. Joe faithfully served our country with the Army during World War II
and the Korean War
. For many years, Joe worked for A&P Bakery and was the owner of the Bryn Mawr Café. He was a lifelong parishioner of SS. Peter and Paul Church, West Scranton, and dedicated many hours to taking care of the parish cemetery. He was a life member of the YMCA and a member of the American Legion Kosciuszko Post 207. Joe loved to play tennis and racquet ball and was a former member of Scranton Tennis Club.
Also surviving are two brothers, Stanley, Scranton; and John and his wife, Andrea, Clarks Summit; a sister, Marie McGinnis and her husband, John, West Chester; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Walter; and a sister, Helen Vakay.
The Frankowski family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the nursing staff of the Gino J. Merli Veterans for the care and concern they gave Joe the past few weeks.
The funeral will be Saturday at 8:45 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, West Locust Street, Scranton. Interment with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery, Taylor.
Friends may call Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. The American Legion Post 207 will conduct services at 5. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gino J. Merli Veterans Center Activities Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18510. To share memories or to send online condolences, visit www.semian cares.com