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Frank Anthony Ujcich

Jul 20, 1943 - Jul 16, 2014

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Dear Mary Lou and family, I just finished reading Frank's obituary in the Brooke Review. How sad I am for you and your family. He was a really nice guy and he loved you, Mary Lou; that was evident. Please express my deepest sympathies to your family and Frank's siblings. Much love, Judy Cipoletti Conner

Prayers to the whole family. Frank was a wonderful person and loved by all that met him. God Bless.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

To the Ujcich family,

So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a true inspiration to all who knew him. May God surround all of you with his amazing grace and comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. He will be sadly missed

Sorry I can not be there but my prayers will be. You have my sympathy and love.
Frances (Evans) Bolanos and husband Luis

Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers during this very difficult and sad time !! Frank was a wonderful friend and man !!! He will be missed by many !!! May God give you comfort !! George and Dianne Kohelis

Mary Lou and Family,
Many adjectives have already been used to describe Frank by those of us who had the pleasure of knowing you and Frank.
I wish to convey to you and other family members my deep sympathy upon the loss of this remarkable man. We spent all of our college years together as close friends and confidants taking many of the same courses, studying together and playing on the WL baseball team and the coal miners league. Frank's influence and love of family, community and...

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Frank's Obituary

Frank Anthony Ujcich, 70, of Wellsburg WV died peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on July 20, 1943 a son of the late Joseph and Jennie (Kravanya) Ujcich. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by four sisters, Rose Marie Sovinski, Dorothy Stucin, Erma Camilletti, and Doris J. Stucin, and two brothers, Joseph and John Ujcich. Frank graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1961 and earned his BA in teaching from West Liberty State College in 1966. For nine years he worked steady midnight at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation at the Mingo Junction Plant where he was a foreman as he put himself through college. After graduation he did his student teaching at Wellsburg High School. He taught one year at Wheeling Central and was the head baseball coach and led the team to the single A title that year. He also assisted then coach, Andy Urbanic on the football team as a scouting coach. In 1976 he started Frank Ujcich construction until 1982 when he then went back into teaching at Brooke High School as the building and construction teacher. With a true passion for the vocational department at Brooke High School he went on to be the Vocational Director. After his retirement, he was elected to the Brooke County Board of Education where he still presently was a member until his death. In 2000 baseball great Frank Ujcich entered the WLSC Hall of Fame after enjoying a storied four-year career from 1962-1965. One of the college's best ever players, Ujcich's play enabled him to be named to the WVIAC all-time baseball squad in 1974. A four time All-Conference selection, he posted numbers which still stand the test of time. During his career, he compiled a 27-7 record with less than a 2.0 ERA in all four years. The highlight of his career was the 1964 NAIA Tournament where he pitched 22 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, a record that still stands today. The Most Valuable Player in that tournament, Ujcich led the Hilltoppers to their only National Championship. A plaque of his accomplishment is still displayed on the walls of Cooperstown Hall of Fame in New York. In 1967 he was a 51st round draft pick with the New York Mets minor league affiliate in Mankato, Minnesota where he played for two seasons. Frank was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Loyal Order of Moose #1564 in Wellsburg, WV and according to his grandchildren probably the best Pittsburgh Pirates Fan ever. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou (Mascolino) Ujcich whom he married on February 29, 1964. Three children, Daniel (Judy) Ujcich, Sinking Spring, PA; Paula Wagstaff and companion Alfredo Ortega, Orlando, FL; and Jeanne Ujcich and her companion Daniel Gilchrist of Wellsburg, WV. Two brothers, Michael R. (Becky) Ujcich, Lexington, KY, and Ronald (Eva) Ujcich, Wellsburg, WV Four sisters, Helen Pettini, Windsor Heights, WV, Jacqueline (John) Warren, Castalia, OH, Olga Slenska, Johnstown, PA, and Margaret (Samuel) White, Wellsburg, WV, a brother-in-law, Matthew Camilletti, Wellsburg, WV Four Grandchildren, Erin, Joe, and Kara Wagstaff and Jillian Ujcich. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20th from 1-8 P.M. at the Mullenbach Funeral Home 669 Main St. Follansbee, WV. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 21st at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Dan Pisano as celebrant. A vigil service will be held on Sunday, July 20th at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Aspen Manor Cemetery in Wellsburg, WV. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the West Liberty Athletic Fund at 88 University Dr. West Liberty, WV 26074 or the Valley Hospice at 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943

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