Obituaries » Frank G. Salitsky
April 15, 2020
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Frank “PopPop” Salitsky, 95, died at home on April 15th of natural causes. His wife of 61 years, Anna Mae preceded him in death on November 7, 2015.
Born and reared in Childs, he was affectionately known by many there as “the mayor”. His parents were Joseph and Eva (Script) Salitsky. At the start of World War II, when he was 17, he enlisted in the Marines Corps. A member of “the greatest generation”, he then served in the Pacific Theater, and was present at the battle of Iwo Jima. When he returned from the war, he briefly worked in the railroad industry while also serving in the 109th Infantry Division of The Pennsylvania National Guard. He survived the well publicized train accident while being transported to Ohio to be deployed for the Korean conflict. He served overseas in Germany during that conflict. He returned home, eventually settled in at the Hoffman, and then Chamberlain Ammunition Plant in Scranton, where he spent his career, ultimately served as chief union steward for the Machinists and Aerospace Union. For many years, he and his wife were part owners of Sandar Dress Company in Jermyn, and ANA Fashion in Olyphant, both dress factories.
He was predeceased by a sister Ann Donlon, and three brothers John, George and Mike Salitsky. He is survived by sisters Mary Persico and Marge Martin (husband George), and sister-in-law Tillie Salitsky.
PopPop and MaeMae dedicated their lives to raising their 5 children, and he was a devoted grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and great uncle, loved by all. His legacy will live on through his daughters Patricia and husband Dean Collins, Jefferson Township, their children Richele Pica (husband Robert) and John Michael (wife Johanna); Susan and husband Neal Davis, Scott Township, their children Casey, Mike, Sarah and Corey; sons Francis “Butch”, Carbondale and his daughter Rachel; Robert and wife Karyn, Carbondale, their children Mollie, Bob and Bryan; and Joe and wife Rose, Mansfield, Massachusetts, and their children Ava and Madisyn. Great-grandsons Colton and Aiden Pica.
Although he was of Russian Orthodox faith he faithfully attended mass at St. Rose of Lima Church with his wife and made sure his children had a Catholic education.
A funeral and private ceremony with Internment will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a future date.
Memorial contributions can be made in Frank’s memory to the Carbondale YMCA, or with any random act of kindness in his name.
Arrangements, Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 74 N. Main St. Carbondale.
Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home website.