Frank G. Ryczak Sr.

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Frank G. Ryczak Sr., 90, of Scott Twp., died Sunday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife, Mary Forbes Ryczak.

He was the son the late Frank and Caroline Gushar Ryczak. Before retirement, he was employed by Daystrom and RCA. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army Air Force.

Frank was an athlete. He bowled and golfed but his favorite sport was baseball. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics in the spring of 1950 but an injury caused him to give up his dream of playing professional baseball.

He came home and married his "Gal" Mary, and went on to share 68 (almost 69) wonderful happy years together. Frank and Mary loved to travel, golf, attend baseball games together and more than anything loved to dance.

His pride and joy was his family; if you waited on him at a local restaurant he would tell you he had seven children, 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. If you asked him if there was anything else you could get him, he would tell you, "a bushel of fifties."

He had the biggest heart and was a hard worker. For 13 years he went to night school at the University of Scranton to earn his engineering degree while building his beloved home.

He volunteered at the Anthracite Museum and built the bellows for the Iron Furnaces that are still used today.

He was a devoted member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was one of the first Eucharistic ministers in the Diocese of Scranton, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7622 and a Fourth Degree Knight, Padre Pio Assembly 2768 and received the Four Chaplain's Award.

Frank's family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, the ER and fourth floor, especially for the comforting care from the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Frank is survived by his seven children, Ron and Christine Ryczak, Mayfield; Richard and Millie, Dalton; Frank and Lynn, Scott Twp.; Kevin and Margaret, Jermyn; Mary and LaVern (Boo) Battenberg, Mayfield; Donna and Tom Drob, Fell Twp.; and Ann and Kevin Pittack, Jermyn; 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy Petrokonis and Ruthanne Ryczak; granddaughter, Kristy Ryczak; and great-granddaughter, Melissa Yarosh.

The funeral will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday from the Battenberg Funeral Home, 363 Washington Ave., Jermyn, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn, celebrated by Bishop John Dougherty. Viewing, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Friends are asked to proceed directly to the church Thursday morning. Interment, Valley View Cemetery, Scott Twp. Donations may be made to Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, St. Jude or St. Joseph's Center.

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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 12, 2019
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