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Michael P. Frank Sr.


Michael P. Frank, Sr., age 90 a sixty year resident of Haledon, passed peacefully at home on Monday, February 6, 2017.

He was born to the late John and Pauline Frank, and raised in Jersey City. Mike graduated from Dickerson High School in Jersey City with the Class of 1944 and was a parishioner of Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Jersey City for many years.

Mike was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII where he served with the Seabees whose motto was “we build, we fight.” He would relate stories of building air strips and Kwanzaa huts while serving in the Philippines and China. Mike received the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal for his service. 

After his service in the military, Mike worked a lifelong career with in the telephone industry having worked for Western Electric and AT&T Technologies in Fair Lawn and Kearny, New Jersey.

Mike met and fell in love with Emilia Kurylka and they married on May 8, 1948 at Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Jersey City. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Carol, Michele, and Michael.

Mike was a natural athlete who played baseball in high school and in area semi-pro leagues as a pitcher, including the Clifton Phillies, for many years. In 1980, Mike was inducted into Bergen County’s Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a dedicated New York Yankee fan and was always watching games on television. An avid bowler he sometimes bowled three times a week. Another of his loves was gardening. He would grow fruits and vegetables, and his favorite herb parsley. Mike was also a Mr.-Fix-It. He could adjust, fix, and make just about anything he put his mind to. And once his mind was made up about something, step aside because he was as determined and strong willed as they come.

He was also dedicated to helping others. He was a volunteer fireman for the Haledon Fire Company 1 for over forty years and also served as a Councilman for the Borough of Haledon for twelve years as well.

Mike was the loving husband of almost 67 years to the late Emilia Frank (2015); devoted father of Michele Frank of Oak Ridge, Michael Frank, Jr. of Haledon, the late Carol Ann Chryscine (2012) and her surviving husband Peter Chryscine of Wayne; he was also the loved brother of Dorothy Chabin and her husband John of Colorado, Mary Cecere of Florida, and the late Ann Cozzi, John, Julius, Paul, Edward Frank.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 3-6:30 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne. A 6:30 PM Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of the visitation hours on Friday.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation, 469 7th Ave., NY, NY 10018 would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book


You will be missed my brother!!

Jeff Flaker


My condolences and sending prayers for the family.

Claire De Virgilio


Michael Frank was an extraordinary person. There are many in the community who will deeply mourn his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion, and excellence. May he rest in peace.

Robert Quinn


My condolences, may he rest in peace.

Thomas Flaherty


A wonderful uncle; may he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mickey and Michele.

Christine Searle


My dad now has the best tenor any choir could ever have. He is welcoming you with open arms and a big smile.

Karen Kmeck Burke


Uncle Mike, Words cant express all you meant to me. You were a great uncle and friend when I needed one. You helped me with my Pitching and your backup fast ball is a staple pitch by alot of colleges now . You are respected by so many people, and when were gone from this world, that's what really matters most. God Bless You Uncle Mike.

Michael Cozzi


Michele and Mickey, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending you love and prayers. I feel so fortunate to have known your Dad. He quickly became one of my favorite people. May he Rest In Peace. ??

Karen Leyva

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