Dear Classmates, As I indicated earlier I am getting back to you regarding Frank’s passing. If I did not include the following the obit can be viewed on craciunfuneralhomes.com where photo’s are posted and messages can be left. We attended the wake in the evening and stood in a long line with many others for about an hour before we reached the family. Pat shared that Frank had died in his sleep. They think it was a heart attack. It was great meeting his four grown children. It was evident that they had been raised by a very good Dad.
We were amazed, but not surprised, as we moved along the perimeter of the parlor at the many, many awards, and plaques and memberships and leadership memorabilia that were on display in his honor. The majority of the honors were because of his concentration and commitment to Polonia. Polonia, Polonia. Polonia was at the heart of his life.
The celebration of life mass was just that. Father Snyder at St Ladislas prayed a beautiful mass. His homily eulogized Frank’s life, family and accomplishments. Of course the reception was well attended and in Frank’s own style. (we are not accustomed to shots at 2 in the afternoon.) But a toast was more than appropriate.
Milt and I were the only Alumni in attendance. There is fifty years of friendship here. And we knew him when, as they say. Also we indicated to Pat that we will be making a contribution to ACAA Foundation in Frank’s memory.
Mickie, please let us know where/how we can nominate Francis Rutkowski for the ACAA Alumni of the Year Award posthumously. It is rightfully deserved. Sadly, after his passing. A confirmation of our nomination from all of you would be appreciated. Thanks.
See you all in October. The 50th reunion of the Class of 1966. Felicia and Milt