Frank J. Pleva, 96, a resident of Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, formerly of Juniata Gap Road, passed away Wednesday evening at the home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on in Coupon, son of the late Anthony and Caroline (Niemic) Pleva. On July 25, 1945, he married Rose Marie Kolarczyk at St. Joseph Church Coupon, and she preceded him in death on April 13, 2006.
Surviving are two sons: Robert E. and wife, Karen, of Duncansville, and Russell A. and wife, Mary Ann, of Altoona; five grandchildren: Jill Dodson and husband, Gary, Matt and wife, Shelley, Michael Pleva, Rachael Pleva and David Pleva; and two great-grandchildren: Blake and Luke.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers: Mike, Stanley and Joseph; and five sisters: Helen Krisko, Kate Lizon, Frances Pleva, Anna Woratyla and Mary Chelsika.
Frank was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a private first class during WWII, from Aug. 14, 1942 to Feb. 17, 1946. In 1982, he retired as a carpenter for Conrail.
He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Altoona. He enjoyed supporting the Pennsylvania Lottery by playing the scratch off tickets.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 12 Ave. and 20th St., Altoona, Monsignor Robert Mazur celebrant. Committal will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Altoona. Arrangements are by Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home Resident Welfare Fund, 500 Municipal Drive, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.