John J. Franks

STEELTON — John J. Franks, 89, of Steelton, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Harrisburg Hospital.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 11, 1924, a son of the late John and Stella Kochuba Frankowiak.

John was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School. He was an U.S. Army veteran serving in Company C, 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II, and he was a recipient of the Silver Star and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars.

John was employed as a refrigeration specialist at the Gibbons Brewery. He was a member of Pipefitters and Plumbers Union Local 524, Scranton, and was later employed for many years as a steamfitter at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant, Salem Township, prior to his retirement.

John was preceded in death by a wife, Mary Schappert Franks, in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Hanshaw Franks; sons, Richard Franks and his wife, Sandra, Mountain Top; David Franks, Lake Orion, Michigan; three grandchildren, Brian Franks and his wife, Beth; Alicia Fisher and her husband, Andrew, and Cameron Franks; great-granddaughter, Riley Franks; brother, Bernard Franks and his wife, Joan, Bethlehem; sisters, Theresa Mycko, Wilkes-Barre, and Leona Kirwan, Watchung, New Jersey; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with Monsignor Joseph G. Rauscher officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting John's obituary at

Funeral Home

Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138

Published in Times Leader from May 15 to May 16, 2014