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Francis M. Stanulis

April 29, 1937 — August 9, 2023

Francis “Berwick Frank” Michael Stanulis was born on April 29th, 1937. Frank graduated in 1955 from Swoyersville High School and joined the Army in 1960, where he became a Specialist and served until 1962. He was preceded in death by his father William Stanulis, mother Loretta McGuire Stanulis, twin brother William Stanulis, stepsons Micheal Gerney, and Thomas Ondish, and grandson, Thomas “Brock” Ondish.

Frank worked at multiple businesses throughout his life. Frank boasted that he worked on a farm making a dollar an hour but also worked for Tobin’s Flowers, Sordini Construction, Broca Garage, Morrison & Knudsen, Wipco/Newco Machines, Ashley Machines, and Stress Steel a tool and die maker and also producing braided cable for the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant in Harrisburg. Frank was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

Frank was a friend to many and would talk to anyone about anything, but he especially enjoyed talking about hunting, fishing, Berwick football, and his grandchildren. He was a proud supporter of the Berwick High School football team, attending many football games as a sideline fixture under the coaching of George Curry.

Frank was extremely proud of his family, wife of 58 years, Loretta Ondish Stanulis, daughters; Michele “Mickey” Kielar and fiancé Keith Fink, grandson Ronnie Kielar, Jacqueline Butsavage, son-in-law Mark Butsavage, grandson Justin Butsavage, twin granddaughters Emily and Katelyn Butsavage. Stepdaughter-in-law Mary Rose Ondish and children. Stepdaughter-in-law Noel Gerney, step-grandsons Micheal Gerney and Daniel Gerney, and his wife Lauren.

Frank was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially enjoyed his time fishing for trout at Francis Slocum State Park, as well as many fishing holes, especially spending time hunting and fishing at ‘Johnny’s Farm.’

Frank passed away Wednesday, August 9th at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Administration Hospital, Hospice Unit, surrounded by his loving daughters, as he wished. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Steve Young and his staff, the hospice unit staff, and the VA staff in all departments that he frequented for their kind and supportive care!

A blessing service will be held at the Metcalfe-Shaver Kopcza Funeral home, 504 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, on Saturday, August 19th at 11 am.

Family and friends may call from 10-11 AM, at the funeral home.

Interment immediately following at Denison Cemetery, Dennison Street, Swoyersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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