Frank Rasieleski (Ras) passed away February 8, 2014, at the age of 73 years.
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He was son of the late Francis Rasieleski and Agnes Rasieleski and is survived by his current wife, Gretchen Rasieleski.
Frank was born January 3, 1941, in Scranton. He graduated Scranton Technical High School. Frank honorably served his country by enlisting in the Air Force between 1960 and 1962, during which time he played baseball in the Armed Forces League. Following his discharge, Frank played as a pitcher for the Los Angeles Triple-A Team. Upon return to Northeast Pennsylvania, he worked in a variety of positions for Mark IV Industries, starting as a truck driver and working his way up to sales manager. Despite humble beginnings and the lack of a formal education, Frank achieved success in business, which remains unrivaled in Northeast Pennsylvania. When the opportunity presented itself, Ras with a group of friends and investors, bought the modular division of Mark IV Industries, renamed it Contemporary Homes and grew the company from a single plant with a handful of workers to three plants employing 600 people and producing in excess of 2,000 homes per year. Ras retired from Contemporary in 1986 but pursued his interest in real estate development, hotel management and recreational activities.
Frank is survived by his youngest and most loving daughter, Tia Rasieleski; sister, JoAnn Rasieleski Tryner; children, Lori, Lynn and Mark; his former wife, Susan Rasieleski; and in-laws, Joseph and Gerri Scaccia; three grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his brother, Theodore Rasieleski; and sisters, Dolores Rasieleski and Eleanor Rasieleski Wyshock.
Family and friends attending the funeral are invited to go directly to the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call Monday from 4-7 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.vanstonand james.com
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mountain View Care Center, 2309 Stafford Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 9, 2014