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Dr. Frank J. Gazda

March 6, 2019

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Dr. Frank J. Gazda

March 6, 2019


Dr. Frank J. Gazda, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Naples, Florida.


Frank was born in Plymouth, a son of John and Aniela Lapa Gazda. He was a  graduate of Plymouth High School, class of 1947, Wilkes College and Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Frank was an Optometrist for 56 years in Northeastern PA, retiring in 2017.


He was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. Frank was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre.


Frank was a former member of the St. Mary Nativity Men’s Choir in Plymouth,  past president of the Northeastern Optometric Society, the Pennsylvania and American Optometric Associations, an original staff member at the Low Vision Clinic of Allied Services for the Handicapped, and a past president and proud member of the Plymouth Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years.


In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his sisters, Sophie Cornacchia and Stella Gazda; brother, Ted Gazda; niece, Bonnie Cuccaro.


Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Stanek; children, Michael, Michele,  Alicia, and Stephen Gazda and his wife, Paula; grandchildren, Samantha, Derek, Claire, and Cora Gazda; nephew, John Cornacchia .


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth.


Friends may call on Friday from 4-7 PM at the funeral home.


Memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Church, 143 Division Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or the Plymouth Kiwanis Club, C/O 70 Pace Street, Larksville, PA 18704.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Frank’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.