CHADWICK – Frank J. Petkewicz, loving husband, dad, and grandpa, passed into heaven at the age of 75 on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mount Carroll.
Frank was born Nov. 28, 1938, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Frances (Krzyzaniak) Petkewicz. He attended Tilden Tech in Chicago, and graduated with the class of 1957. He married Marilyn Kozerski on Dec. 26, 1959, at St. Camillus Catholic Church in Chicago.
In his younger years, Frank worked for a drafting company, and lived in New Mexico and Minnesota before returning to Chicago. He was a mechanical electrical design engineer for GTE, retiring after 20 years. He was instrumental in developing telephones for GTE, most notably the payphone. In 2005, Frank and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Chadwick.
Frank was a member of Sts. John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mount Carroll. He was involved with Boy Scouts, and served as a past den leader and Scoutmaster. For 13 years in a row, he and his wife spent 2 weeks of their summer vacation attending Scout Camp. Frank also was a member of the Chadwick Lions Club, and was a past president of the Holy Name Society. Frank loved watching birds, especially eagles. Most of all, Frank loved spending time with his family and friends.
Frank will be dearly missed by his wife, Marilyn; one son, Jeff (Karen) Petkewicz of Woodridge; one daughter, Margaret (James) Morris of Newark, Del.; four grandchildren, Colleen and Ryan Morris and Rachel and Zachary Petkewicz; and two brothers, Joseph (Elaine) Petkewicz of Arlington Heights and Edward (Lynn) Petkewicz of Bolingbrook.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and one brother and sister in-law, Harry and May Petkewicz.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Sts. John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Dennis Atto, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forrest Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Carroll County Good Samaritan and Sts. John and Catherine Catholic Church.
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