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Francis J. (Frank) Steinkirchner

November 14, 2018

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Francis J. (Frank) Steinkirchner

November 14, 2018

Francis J. (Frank) Steinkirchner, 88, of Dallas, died November 14th, 2018 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Frank was born in Wilkes-Barre April 19, 1930, a son of the late Francis X. Steinkirchner and Loretta (Sauer) Steinkirchner. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years.

After the Navy, he worked many jobs in foodservice, including Dresden Catering in Wilkes-Barre and Acme Markets, where he retired after 37 years.  Frank was a handy person and fixed televisions in his early career as a side job.

He was a member of the VFW in Luzerne and the Polish Veterans Club.  Frank loved to camp, with campers at Twin Lakes in Wyalusing and Moyer’s Grove in Wapwallopen.  He loved to fish, do puzzles, play cards and cook for his family.

Frank was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Gray and Lorraine Cornell and by his nephew, Richard Gray.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Thennes Steinkirchner and his children, Mary Ellen Thoma and husband Kenneth of Wilkes-Barre, David Steinkirchner and Carl Puscavage of Pittston, Judith Dickson and her companion Keith Robak of Dallas, and Gary Steinkirchner and wife Katie of Surprise, Arizona, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also, surviving are his stepchildren, Debby Brady and companion Tim Kohl of Kingston, Kimberlee Dent and husband Greg of Harding, David Bobrowski and wife Patty of Glen Lyon, 7 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but mostly by his best buddy, his granddaughter, Kelsey Karasinski.  They have done everything together since the day she was born. They watched Westerns together, went out to dinner constantly and went shopping together.  Kelsey took care of him in recent years and lovingly stayed by his side until he took his last breath.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his aid, Carol, for her care and support.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 am in St. Therese’s Church, S. Pioneer Avenue and Davis Street, Shavertown.  Private interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Shavertown.

Family and friends may call at the Church on Wednesday from 9:30 am until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Frank’s memory to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

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