Gerald J. Frates

Gerald J. Frates, 61, of Sweet Valley, passed away Friday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his family after his struggle with cancer.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on June 23, 1952, he was the son of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Trudy) Ryan Frates.

Mr. Frates was a graduate of Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, Class of 1971. His passions in life were his family and cars. He loved being outdoors mowing the lawn and keeping everything looking nice. His presence will be deeply missed by everyone.

Preceding him in death was his sister Maureen.

He is survived by his sisters Mary Ellen Kordowski and her husband, Tom, of Sweet Valley; Barbara Neiman and her husband, Conrad, of Dallas; brothers Bill Frates and his wife, Georgetta of Lyons Station and Joseph Frates; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner routes 29 & 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Joseph Rafferty, pastor of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Online condolences can be made at

Published in Times Leader on Aug. 5, 2013