Frank M. Pelky

Frank M. Pelky photoFrank M. Pelky, 91, of New Bethlehem passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home surrounded by his entire family.

He was born on April 22, 1925, to Edith (McGregor) Pelky and James Pelky at their home in New Bethlehem.

Frank served in the Infantry during World War II, in the Western Front in Europe, where he was wounded and earned his Purple Heart.

He met and married Marie Kohlbrenner of Philadelphia. The two shared their lives in Dayton and later New Bethlehem, where they raised their children, Frank and Rosemarie.

Frank worked as a painter, Foreman at the Elderton Smokestacks and a custodian at Dayton Elementary. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he also loved bowling and golf. He even relocated so he could live next to the Bostonian Golf Course and drive his golf cart over a few times a day for a round of golf.

Frank was active in the community, a member of the Dayton Sportsman Club, the American Legion and served on the Knights of Columbus at St. Charles Parish in New Bethlehem.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marie (Kohlbrenner) Pelky of New Bethlehem, his son Frank J. Pelky of Freeport, his daughter Rosemarie (Pelky) Rupp and son-in-law Gene Rupp of Belknap, his granddaughters Chantel (Rupp) Spess of Belknap and Marlette (Rupp) Krizmanich and husband Lenny of Numine, great-grandson Shane Krizmanich and great-granddaughter, Marisa Krizmanich of Numine, his grandson Jesse Pelky of Bellefonte, and sisters Lilllie Toth of Ohio and Theresa Rossey of Clarion.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Edith Pelky, and siblings John Pelky, Earl Pelky, Harry Pelky, Helen Knox, Edith Watkins and Pauline Glassell, and twins Robert and Richard Pelky, who died at birth.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 27, 2016, from 7–9 p.m. at the Alcorn Funeral Home in Hawthorn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Church in New Bethlehem with Rev. Father Sam Bungo officiating.

Interment will be in the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery with military honors accorded him by the Walter W. Craig Post 354 of New Bethlehem American Legion.

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