Frank V. Kukish, 87, a resident of West Wyoming, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, July 13, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice, Inpatient Unit, St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
His loving wife is Helen T. (Holko) Kukish. Together, Frank and Helen shared 62 wonderful years of marriage.
Born on March 9, 1926, in Sugar Notch, Frank was a son of the late Andrew and Catherine (Kopacz) Kukish.
A U.S. Marine Corps
veteran, Frank honorably served his country during World War II
. During his time of service, Frank was stationed in the Asiatic and Pacific theaters. On Feb. 27, 1945, Frank was wounded in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima and was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart
for his injuries. Upon his honorable discharge on May 22, 1946, Frank had attained the rank of private first class.
Prior to his retirement, Frank was employed for many years as a driver for Martz Trailways, Wilkes-Barre.
A man of great faith, Frank was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Swoyersville.
Frank was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne. He was a 4th Degree member of the Our Lady of Czestochowa, Assembly 1928, Luzerne.
A proud veteran, Frank was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville. Additionally, he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Post 283, Kingston.
In addition to his parents, Andrew and Catherine Kukish, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Kukish, who passed away in 2004.
In addition to his wife, Helen, Frank is survived by his son, Richard Kukish, and his wife, Judy, Lakeville, Minn.; sisters, Nellie Patsel, Silver Springs, Md.; Celia Kukish, Plymouth; and Martha Allabaugh and her husband, Fred, Plymouth Township; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The Kukish family extends their sincerest thanks to the nurses and staff members of both Commonwealth Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, and Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston, for the kind and compassionate care they bestowed upon Frank during his time of need.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, with the Rev. James J. Alco officiating. Interment with the rite of committal will follow in St. John's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dallas. There will be no public calling hours.
Funeral arrangements for the Kukish family have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
For additional information or to send the Kukish family an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home's website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.