Frank John Kotch, 86, of Edwardsville, passed away Friday in Geisinger Medical Center, Plains Township.
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Born in Larksville on Oct. 23, 1926, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Celia Kmieciak Kaczynowski. A graduate of Edwardsville High School, class of 1947 , he served in the U.S. Navy in the Seabees division during World War II, stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
Frank was an usher for St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville. He volunteered for 22 years at Meals on Wheels of Wyoming Valley. Frank enjoyed traveling with his wife, and his hobby was building historical wooden model ships.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin P. Kaczynowski, and sister, Connie Kondrak.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Sally Jenkins Kotch, and his brother, Richard and wife Mary Kotch. He is also survived by his three children, Frank Jr. and his wife, Elyse; Sally and her husband, Joseph Santo; and Barbara and her husband, William Cors; grandchildren, Joseph Santo Jr., Ryan Santo, Kerry Eshbacher, Mary Cors and Madéline Kotch. There are five great-grandchildren.
At his request, there will be no viewing hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge and thank the staff at Geisinger Hospital, the Henry Cancer Center, and especially Dr. James Brady for all their care and support shown to Frank and his family. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Henry Cancer Center of Wyoming Valley, 1000 E. Mountain Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Published in Times Leader on July 30, 2013