Frank J. Henzes Jr., 75, of Blakely, Pa., passed away Wednesday afternoon, December 11, 2013, at home after a brief, courageous battle with ALS. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Marlene Prushinski Henzes.
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Frank was born in Peckville on May 14, 1938, to the late Frank Sr. and Anelia Polansky Henzes. Frank was a hard-working man who began working with his father on the huckster truck at the age of 4. He continued to work at his father's store throughout his life and enjoyed meeting many people while working at Henzes Market. He graduated from the former Blakely High School and the University of Scranton with a bachelor's degree in business management and education and a master's as a reading specialist. Frank began his teaching career at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., only to return home to continue his teaching career at Valley View High and Middle schools. Following his retirement from Valley View, Frank enjoyed helping people while working as a part-time clerk at Borders. Frank served three years in the U.S. Army, the majority of which he spent in the intelligence division located in Germany. He was a member of the American Legion Post 570, Blakely, Pa., and honorary life member of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Elks #109.
Frank was a very loving and caring son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved his family immensely, and despite his reserved nature, he never failed to show how much he cared for them. Frank, fondly known as "Papa," took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren, ensuring that he passed on his wisdom of lawn care, gardening and reading.
He will be sorely missed for the attention, patience, love and compassion he had for everyone in his life.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and compassionate staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Surviving are his two daughters, Alicia Wagner and husband, Gregory, Tulsa, Okla.; and Nadine Gowarty and husband, Christian, Scranton, Pa.; his four grandchildren, Julia and Jack Wagner and Anna and Abby Gowarty; two brothers, Michael and wife, Elaine, Peckville, Pa.; and Dr. Mark and wife, Debbie, McKeesport, Pa.; and a sister, Paula Penney, Palm Harbor, Fla.; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, Pa., with Mass at 9:30 a.m. concelebrated by Reverend Monsignor Michael Delaney and Father Scott Sterowski at Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware St., Olyphant, Pa.
Friends may call Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Suite 7, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702; or St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit www.mazurfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 12, 2013