November 23, 2019
Frank Grzasko, Jr, 75, of Salem, NH passed away Saturday evening, November 23, 2019 following an extended illness. Frank was born on July 31, 1944 the son of Frank and Veronica Jane Budzinski Grzasko. Frank graduated from Oil City High School class of 1963. While attending the Assumption BVM Grade school Frank started a legacy of sorts with delivering the Derrick News Paper starting in 1956 which continued for 16 years being passed down to each of his three brothers. The route was upper Seneca Street and the Clapp Farm area. All good customers of which was recanted about at family get togethers! Following high school Frank attended Southern Illinois University graduating with a degree in Engineering, later in life attending St Anselm’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Frank started his professional career as a field engineer with Honeywell Computers in San Francisco, CA then to the Boston, MA region. Following his boyhood dream of being a police officer Frank joined the Salem, NH police department and advanced through the ranks to achieve the rank of Lieutenant. Following his retirement from Salem, PD Frank became a Sergeant in the Sherriff’s department of Manchester, NH Sherriff’s department. Frank had much success in his police career and achieved the Governor’s Award from NH Governor Jean Shaheen for his role in drug interdiction while on a statewide task force.
In his personal life Frank was a man’s man and loved life best when hunting and collecting guns. Frank was a big game hunter and travelled to many locations throughout the USA and globally in pursuit of trophy game. Most years Frank would come back to the Oil City area for buck season.
Frank was married in 1966 to Sherry Roberts Scafati who survives, at the time of his death he was with his dearest friend Dorothy “Dotty” Faria Heyl.
Frank leaves behind two sons, Joseph (Tracy) Grzasko of Salem, NH, Ed (Kathy) Grzasko of Auburn, NH, grandchildren, Josh Grzasko, Sean Grzasko, Emma Grzasko, and Marlee Grzasko all of NH. Frank also leaves behind his five siblings: Sisters Mary Ann Wheeling, and Kathy (Barry) McClintock, Brothers Martin (Vicky) Grzasko, Stan (Sandy) Grzasko, of all of PA, and Walter (Anne) of Falls Church, VA. Frank also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews including Frank Grzasko who he encouraged to follow in his footsteps and is currently with the PA State Police.
Frank was proceeded in death by his parents, his lifelong love Marsha Leighninger, and his “Baby” Annabelle a standard poodle whom he loved as a daughter.
A celebration of Frank’s life will be held in Salem, NH with a later celebration and internment in Oil City at a future date.
The family asks that any contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.