Frank C. Marchlewski, 73, of Lower Burrell, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 27, 2016. Born Oct. 14, 1943, in New Kensington, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary Bolubasz Marchlewski. Frank was a loving, caring husband, father and friend. He touched all who knew him with his boisterous laugh, warm smile and kind, gentle nature, always willing to help someone in need, family or friend. We were blessed with his life because it made a difference in ours. He was a 1961 graduate of Plum High School and continued his close friendships through the years. He played his college football in the Big Ten for the University of Minnesota as first team center. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round of the 1965 draft and later played for the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills during his seven year career in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1977. He was honored to be a member the first class of inductees of Plum High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NFL Retired Players Association, serving as their president for four years. After his football career, he became area and regional sales manager for Genesee Brewing Company of Rochester, N.Y., a career spanning 32 years. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Letitia Trzeciak Marchlewski, of 49 years; two sons, Scott and Chad, of Lower Burrell; brother, Charles (Marlene) Marchlewski, of Logans Ferry; sister, Marcella Zmijewski, of Braeburn; and nieces, Kathy Kirchartz, Karen Boteler and Susan Gates. Additional family members include Uncle Mike Stelika, and his daughters, Teresa and Brenda Stelika, of Lower Burrell, and Jennifer Stelika, of Zelienople, and her children, Jenna and Santiago, Uncle George Stelika and his wife, Lamona, and daughters, and cousins, Jack and Bob Bolubasz, John and Chris Husar, of Manassas, Va., John and Jackie Husar, of Bristol, Va., and Justin and Leah Husar, of Stafford, Va.; and great-niece, Scarlett, and great-nephews, Everett and John. He so enjoyed traveling with his wife to Maine, the southwest states of Arizona and New Mexico, and the eastern shore beaches. He always enjoyed golf tournaments, but mostly golfing with his son, Chad. He and his son, Scott, attended their special sporting events including Super Bowl XXVI in Minnesota. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church in Lower Burrell.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a parting prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington, officiated by the Rev. John Szczesny. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Lower Burrell.
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Published by The Valley News Dispatch from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2016.