YOUNGSTOWN, OH – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christine’s Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown, Ohio for Frank Kumik, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
After a short stay in the hospital with pneumonia, Frank was doing rehabilitation to improve his physical strength before returning home to Marion Assisted Living Center in North Lima, Ohio. Rehab was becoming difficult and failing vision and hearing complicated things.
On this past Friday afternoon, (Jan 4, 2013) Frank decided that it was time to join his wife, Dorothy, and be together again. He passed away peacefully the next night just before midnight.
Frank was born in Youngstown, Ohio on April 9, 1917, to Aniela and John Kumik. He grew up on Dickson Street, where he seemed to know everyone.
He graduated from South High School in 1935, and he really enjoyed the golf team.
He went to work at Republic Steel until being drafted into the Army in 1942. He served much of his duty time in the states as a crane operator, but did serve for about six months in France during the Battle of the Bulge.
He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on Dec. 13, 1945.
After the war, he returned to Republic Steel for a short time when he decided to take a new direction. He became an intricate part of Electric Equipment Company, where he created their small engine equipment division, distributing small engine equipment over a three state area. He retired in 1982.
Frank helped build Krakusy Lodge and was the last of the charter members of the PLAV Post 87 - Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 87, Youngstown, Ohio.
He was an active member and held various officer positions in both organizations.
He was also a past president of the Seniors Club at St. Christine’s Church.
On Jan. 25, 1941, Frank married Dorothy C. Marszewski. Until her death in August of 2007, they lived a long and happy life together, raising three children, with homes in Youngstown on Gibson, Marmion, Rexford, and finally a condo on Cedar Way in Boardman, Ohio.
They enjoyed card games and social events with friends and relatives as well as taking many vacations to distant places. Frank also always had a magnificent garden.
Frank was always a very social person and loved to play cards. He was really good at it, and he had a great memory. Until recently, he played Pinochle with visiting friends on Wednesdays, family members on Sunday, and also Five Hundred Big with his friends living at Marion Living Center.
He lived at Marion for the past five years, he called it home.
Frank is survived by two daughters, Joanna Kumik of Oakland, Calif. and Peggie (Bob) Karis of Poland, Ohio; a son, Jack (Sallie) Kumik of Austintown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Eric and Jeffrey Kumik, and Michelle and Michael (Sherrie) Karis; and a brother, Merle (Pauline) Kumik of Struthers, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and two brothers, Ted Kumik and William Kumik.
It was Frank’s wish to be cremated and have only a memorial Mass and lunch for those in attendance.
The Mass will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at St. Christine’s Church at 10:30 a.m.
Friends may call for one hour prior to the services at the church.
Frank thought that the Rescue Mission of mahoning Valley, Youngstown, is worthy ofdonations. Those wishing to make a donation in his name may do so
Free Polish Krakusy Society, Polish National Alliance Lodge 827,