Frank P. Nork Sr., 86, of 106 N. White St., Shenandoah, passed away Monday at Shenandoah Senior Living Community.
Born in Shenandoah, Dec. 2, 1924, he was a son of the late Frank and Jean Elliott Nork.
Frank was a graduate of Shenandoah Catholic High School, Class of 1942.
He was a decorated World War II Army veteran having served under General Patton participating in the Battle of the Bulge, and was in Paris, France, for the French liberation from Nazi control. His decorations and citations include the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Five Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
Frank retired from Bell Telephone, where he worked as a lineman and as a residential representative for more than 30 years. He was a life member of the Verizon Pioneers.
He was a member of Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah. As a member of the Phoenix Fire Company, Shenandoah, he held office for 55 consecutive years, 40 of those years he served consecutively as the president, five years as the fire marshal, as the fire chief in 1960, and prior to his death served as the vice president.
For more than 30 consecutive years, Frank served as secretary of the Shenandoah Fire Department and the Shenandoah Firemen’s Relief Association. He was a life member of The Six County Firemen’s Association of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Schuylkill County Firemen’s Association. He also served as past commander of the former Samuel H. Kehl American Legion Post, Shenandoah. His latest membership was with the A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, Shenandoah. He was also a member of the Rum-Dums.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was a sister, Jean Nork.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Marilyn E. O’Brien; three sons, Frank P. Nork Jr. and his wife, Patricia, Lost Creek, Thomas J. Nork and his wife, Nancy, Shenandoah, and Robert J. Nork, at home; two daughters, Ann Louise, wife of David Toborowski, Media, and Marilyn M., wife of Terence Stewart, Metuchen, N.J.; eight grandchildren, Frank A., Patty, Paul, Nancy, Cheri and Kristy Nork and Sarah and Ashley Toborowski; a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Doyle; nieces and nephews.
Religious and military services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to Phoenix Fire Company Truck Fund, 17 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, PA 17976. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.