Frank was born on October 10, 1918 to Wladyslawa and Michael Zalewski and passed peacefully in his sleep on August 2, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus where he recently took up residence. Up until his 101th year, he enjoyed life and refused to dwell on hardships that came up from time to time. He was the last living sibling of six.
Frank’s childhood was spent in Harrison and before that on a farm in Bloomfield NJ. After high school, Frank worked in the family business until 1942 when he joined the U.S. armed forces. Frank served as a Staff Sergeant and platoon leader in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was a highly decorated combat veteran. Among his awards were a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with star, American Campaign Medal, Expert Infantry badge, the Invasion Arrowhead and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with four battle stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, WW2 Victory Medal, the New Jersey Service Recognition Medal and Ribbon with Cluster and the Good Conduct Metal. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Frank worked for Western Electric for 42 years. Upon retirement, he moved from Union NJ to Ocean Beach along the NJ shore where he lived for the last 36 years. He was an active member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Frank was also a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Seaside Heights NJ.
Frank enjoyed being with friends in the Ocean Beach neighborhood, walks on the boardwalk along the ocean, boating, exercising at the gym, bus rides to Atlantic City where he was uncommonly lucky, and a drink of scotch from time to time.
Frank was a devoted, caring, and generous husband and father. He was married to the late Irene (Stepanski) Zalewski for 29 years. Frank is survived by his son, Steven and wife Barbara, and grandchildren Thomas, Brian, and Kristen; his son Chuck; and his daughter Kathy Pilkington and husband Rich, and step-granddaughter Tricia and her children Makai and Ashenara.
Frank will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
Family will receive friends on Friday August 9, 2019 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am at the Vander Plaat Memorial Home 113 South Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30 am Our Lady of the Visitation R.C. Church 234 N. Farview Avenue Paramus. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ.
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Posted by Denise Gallucci (Sackerman) on August 9, 2019 5:30 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful obituary. He had such a kind way about him. I remember meeting
him years ago and thought to myself “He has my grandmother’s eyes.” May God bless and keep him.
Posted by Deborah Koppinger on August 7, 2019 1:47 PM
With deepest sympathy. Your Dad received so many medals in WWII including the most prestigious, the Purple Heart. He was a wonderful man and you took the best care of him. He had the best life.