Frank J. Stropich
ESCANABA – Frank J. Stropich, 85, Escanaba, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Frank was born May 7, 1928, in Escanaba the son of Mirko and Mary (Kobasic) Stropich. He was raised in Escanaba. At the age of 16, Frank got his seamans card and sailed the Great Lakes for a couple of summers.
After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1946, he worked at the family gas station, built homes with his brother John, had his own dance band and played drums with several other area bands. Frank entered the U.S. Army in 1949 and served in the Korean War. He returned to Escanaba to work at the gas station which grew into Stropich Oil Co.
Frank was united in marriage to the former Gloria Bjork on Sept. 8, 1951, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn, Mich. They made their home in Escanaba where they raised their daughter Julie.
Frank was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Escanaba Elks 354, Escanaba Eagles, Croatian Fraternal Organization, Michigan Petroleum Association and the Musicians Union. He enjoyed music, playing golf, socializing with friends and most of all spending time with family.
Survivors include: daughter, Julie (Bob) Bartoszek of Gladstone; brother, Bob Stropich of Stonington; sister, Marge (Bob) Webb of Crystal Lake, Ill.; four grandchildren, Heidi (Bill) Chenier of Marinette, Wis., Holly (Kevin) Gumieny of Shawano, Wis., Marty (Shannon) Bartoszek of Escanaba and Andie (Kara) Bartoszek of Escanaba; 11 grandchildren, Mariah, Kailyn, Hannah, Harrison, Rylee, Cole, Gracie, Gabbie, Kacie, Kloe and Cooper; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Frank’s wife Gloria, brother John Stropich and sister Ethel Carlson preceded him in death.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Escanaba Elks services will follow at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating.
Luncheon will follow in the St. Thomas Church Parish Hall.
Burial will be held on Saturday at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Escanaba.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Delta County Cancer Alliance, Escanaba Elks or the Escanaba Eagles. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba are assisting the Stropich family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Stropich family, or to leave a memory tribute about Frank.