Frank S. Salacka, 88, passed away on May 26th, 2018 at the Southeastern Pa. Veteran’s Center in Spring City, where he resided since 2012. For the last 19 years he was the husband of Eleanor T. (nee Gostkowski) Salacka. He was also the beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Szatkowski) Salacka, who passed away in 1998 after 45 years of marriage to Frank. Together they had five children, Carol Salacka (Flynn) of Coatesville PA; Thomas F. (Kathy) Salacka of Puyallup, WA; Elaine (Tom) Piscitell of Syracuse, NY; Rosanne (Steve) Cooke of Exton, and Frank G. (Tina) Salacka, of Raymondville, NY. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His family loved him dearly and his three daughters were constantly at his side in his final days.
Born in New York City to immigrant parents, Frank was the youngest child of the late John G. and Rose (nee Rebic) Salacka. After graduating high school in 1947, Frank proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic in support of the Berlin Airlift. Frank then earned his degree in mechanical engineering, working Lockheed (NJ) and then at IBM (NY) for over 20 years. He lived in Easton, Pa. from 1959 to 1967 and was a part of St. Bernard’s Parish. After joining IBM he moved his family to Rhinebeck, NY, where he lent his mechanical skills to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. He later moved with IBM to Apalachin, N.Y. until retiring to Exton in 1998 with his wife Eleanor. Frank was a devoted Catholic, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Stephen’s Minister. He lived a life of service and generosity towards others. He loved the outdoors, hunting and tinkering with his cars with his sons and sometimes his daughters at his side. He maintained his loving attitude througout his long illness and was beloved by many of his caregivers as well.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 1st at St. Elizabeth’s in Chester Springs. Family & friends can call from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Easton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association online at www.alz.org.