Frank Casimer KrolczykMarch 28, 1945 ~ July 20, 2017 (age 72)
Krolczyk, Frank C. July 20, 2017 Age 72
Beloved husband of Jane for 45 years. Loving father of Michael, Donna Fruehauf, Daniel (Joni) and Steven. Proud “Gramps” to Ashley Fruehauf. Brother of the late Edward, Step-brother of the late Gerald Sielski. Also survived by loving family and friends.
Frank was a member of VFW Walsh Post #4499, DAV Chapter 127 and Catholic War Vets. He was a disabled Viet Nam veteran. Frank retired in 2005 as a National Service Officer of The Disabled American Veterans.
Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road, (@ Schoenherr) Sunday 5:00-9:00 pm and Monday 1-9 pm with evening Rosary. Funeral Tuesday, Instate 9:30 am until 10:00 am Mass at St. Anne Catholic Church, 32000 Mound Road Warren, MI. Interment Thursday In State at Guardian Angel Church, 371 Fifth Street, Maniatee, MI 49660. 11:00 am to 12 Noon followed by a procession to Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Manistee, MI with Military Honors.
Frank was born on March 28, 1945 in Manistee, Michigan to Virginia and Casimer Krolczyk. After his mother’s passing in 1954, Frank was graciously welcomed into Regina Sielski Krolczyk’s arms as her own, until she passed in 1994. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church and graduated from Manistee Catholic High School in 1964. After high school he worked for Morton Salt before heroically serving our country and being wounded in Vietnam where he received multiple Purple Hearts and various military honors. He fought for his life for 18 months in the hospital because he knew God had great things planned for him.
Frank met the love of his life, Jane Wais, when his best friend, John Ozdych married her sister, Antoinette Wais. Frank and Jane were then married on August 14, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan and began their married life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where Frank began his lifelong career working for the Disabled American Veterans. As a National Service Officer for the DAV, he travelled the country in a DAV van helping veterans and their families obtain their benefits. Frank was a road warrior having visited almost every state.
In 1977 Frank and Jane relocated back to Warren, Michigan to raise their family.
Family meant the world to Frank as proven by his honor and commitment to Jane for 45 years and the role model he was for his four children, granddaughter, and foster children. He enjoyed coaching and attending kids and granddaughter’s activities, taking family road trips across the country especially back to his home in the North Country, aka Manistee. As an avid outdoorsman, Frank loved deer hunting and instilled his passion for the sport in his three sons who cherished annual hunting season with their hero. He also loved music (the good oldies and classic country), Western movies, and cherished Lake Michigan sunsets when back home.
Frank was selected by the Safari Club for a once in a lifetime hunting safari in Africa with Jane where he captured a Kudu, Ginsbuck, and Hartebeest. After retiring in 2005 from the DAV, Frank and Jane finally embarked on fulfilling one of his lifelong wishes, an Alaskan cruise. They travelled with Jane’s sister, nephew, Frank’s cousin, Jim Oleniczak and wife Kay, and two very special Sisters of the Resurrection, Jane’s aunt Mary Virginia Tasny and another sister.
Frank lived and loved hard leaving a great legacy for all that were blessed to cross his path.
Memories shared at www.bcfh.com