My Role Model: My great-Uncle Frank was a man who I looked up to each and every day. He cared greatly for his heritage, which him and I spent hours on end talking about. And now, I can only reminisce of those times. He served his country, worked in the mills and cared greatly for his family. I enjoyed the time we spent together. He stood in the place of my grandfather and I greatly respect him for all that he did for me. You will always be missed Uncle Frank. I love you.
Francis M. (Frank) Akstulewicz , 90
Francis M. (Frank) Akstulewicz, 90, of 421 Denver Ave, New Castle, passed away the morning of April 21, 2014 in Passavant Hospital, Cranberry, PA.
He was born October 26, 1923, in New Castle, to the late Walter and Helen Rudzis Akstulewicz. Francis married the former Della E. Skowronski. They were married for 62 loving years. She survives at home. Francis was Roman Catholic and a member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish. He was a former member of S.S. Philip & James Church and belonged to the Holy Name Society; Francis received a Medallion Circle Award Medal from the Bishop for his participation in the Holy Name Society on October 16, 2005.
Francis worked at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company as an electrician for over 50 years. He was a graduate of New Castle High School. He attended Westminster College and Diesel Technical School in Williamsport, PA. Francis was a member of the T.O.W. Jagielly Club, K.P. Club and the New Castle Paws & Taws Club. Mr. Akstulewicz served the United States Army during WWII. He served initially in Northern Africa with the Army Air Corps and later in Italy with the United States Army. While serving in Italy Mr. Akstulewicz was a part of numerous battles including Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, and GO 33 & 40, WD/45. Francis received many decorations and citations, among them where the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and World War II Victory Medal. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army on December 8, 1945.
In addition to his wife Della, survivors include his daughter, Gloria (Akstulewicz) Christin of Milford, MI and his son and daughter-in-law, Francis M. (Brenda) Akstulewicz Jr. of Gaithersburg, MD; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and William Akstulewicz; three sisters, Jane Akstulewicz, Sally Swietlicki, and Sophie Mrozek.
Calling hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill Street.
A Blessing service will be celebrated Thursday evening at 6 p.m. following visitation at the funeral home. Rev. Nicholas S. Vaskov, Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent DePaul Parish will officiate. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct a military service Thursday evening following the Blessing Service. Burial will be in S.S. Philip & James Cemetery.