In remembrance of our lifetime member of the Polish Club.
Frank cherished his youth while growing up in South Side during the 50’s. Due to the example of his hard working parents he developed a exemplary work ethic. During his Jr. year @ AHS he joined the Naval Reserves and the year after graduation enlisted in the US Navy eventually being honorably discharged. In 1970 he and Rosemarie (Zembal) were married. Their families had been good friends for decades.
After they were married, they lived in Tumwater while working as a laborer for Randich and Sons, Quigg Bros. and Roglin’s. He always gave 100% and was known for his very strong work ethic throughout is career. In 1979 the family, which now included, Frank III, Jennie and Julie, moved to Cosmopolis. At the age of 31 he was diagnosed with MS but continued work. After leaving Randich and Sons, he contracted his own business for two years, encompassing carpentry and concrete work, as much as his health would allow.
When he fully retired and could no longer work, he became a full time, cook, housekeeper, and extremely busy father and volunteer while Rosemarie taught. Frank was a dedicated family man.
He was involved in sports with all three of his kids. For six years he coached his son’s soccer team and was fully involved in both of his daughters’ sporting activities. He followed his kids’ sporting events from grade school through college. Aside from being the best volunteer parent he was also the loudest. Everyone knew when Frank was there!
Frank was a Title 9 spearhead and became instrumental in starting a Girl’s Soccer program @ AHS in Julie’s Sophomore year.
While Frank was still able he and his family spent much time traveling, both with the kids, and later, extensively with Rosemarie. Camping was the highlight of his summer and fall.
He loved his morning coffee times with his buddies @ Captain’s Corner and Swanson’s Cafe. He cherished his neighbors, especially in Walt’s garage.
Frank was a community minded as anyone could be. His volunteerism was beyond reproach. He guided the Cosi Volunteer Fire Assn. during the building of the Denny York Fire Museum, and was proud to have been named as an honorary CFVD member. Wanting to serve his community further he then became a Cosi Councilman. If asked he would never say no to the next volunteer project. While his kids were still attending Cosi Elementary he was honored with the title ‘Volunteer of the Year. Not only did he volunteer his talents to his community but to any friend or organization if asked.
As a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and later St. John’s Catholic Church he valued his faith. Although, from time to time he was heard snoring during the sermons even once dropping off into slumber on Sister Maryann’s shoulder seated next to him. As she blurted surprise the congregation reacted in laughter. He always felt very supported by his faith community.
Over the years he and his family cooked & served @ Feed the Hungry program.
As we all know Frank was a good man, generous to a fault, was known for his dependability, perseverance, loyalty, humor, a man with no filter, and will always be remembered as at truly unique character. Heaven will not be silent ever again!
The family is very appreciative of the excellent care over the years by Nicole, Sonia, Michael, and Faith, the Harbors Home Health and Hospice nurses. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Drewnorth Foundation Non-Profit, for mental health/ suicide awareness and scholarship fund, 356 Taucher Rd, Onalaska, WA 98570.
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