I am a firm believer that dogs have the ability to see our souls.
We cannot lie to dogs... they see us for what we are.
There are those amongst us to whom dogs and animals gravitate.
I believe that these persons are good and honest souls, and that dogs recognize that.
My father-in-law was one such soul.
He was one of our Bernese Mtn. dog's, Sadie's, favorite humans in all the world.
We lost (too soon) our sweet Sadie, years ago...
and Saturday we lost our dear Dad/Jack/Grandpap.
Hubbs (Jack, the second) wrote this...
John (Jack) Richard Frankeny, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in
Conneautville, PA, on May 18, 2019.
Jack was born on June 25th, 1929 in McKees Rocks, PA to Julius Frankeny and Gertrude Hufnagle.
Jack is survived by: his loving wife of 49 years Donna C. Frankeny, his brother Albert Frankeny, four children: Ivy Debasilio, Jack Frankeny II, Becky Marek, and Bob Frankeny, three step-sons: George Rozzo, Gregory Rozzo, and Geno Rozzo, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Jack enlisted into the Navy and served in the Korean War as a Petty Officer First Class. He lived most of his life in the Pittsburgh area as the founder/owner/chief mechanic for Frankeny’s Auto Service. In his retirement, he and his wife Donna lived in the peaceful countryside they loved in north-western PA. There, Jack and Donna could enjoy the outdoor activities they loved, including fishing, hunting, golfing, and visits from family and friends. In their retirement, Jack and Donna became world-class grand-baby sitters. His grandkids still think of him as a master chef of hot dogs and mac and cheese. Until recently, he could recite all of the characters from Disney. Jack was a dedicated Pittsburgh sports fan. He and Donna were ferocious Steeler fans, and had season tickets since 1970. Jack was in attendance at Bill Mazeroski’s World Series winning home run and the Immaculate Reception.
Jack will be remembered by all who knew him as an honest, authentic, and humble man. He was an anomaly in his large Italian family, as he was quiet and soft-spoken. Evidence of the kindness of Jack’s spirit and soul? He was the Pied Piper of dogs. Not only did his many dogs always love him best; everyone’s dogs loved him best! Dogs can always see our true nature.
He always said that his legacy was his kids and grandkids of whom he was very proud. His children feel his legacy is much more than that. The Great Depression started the year of Jack’s birth and lasted through his first 12 years of life. That formative experience pushed him to always work hard to support his family and grew in him an independent self-reliance. None of his children grew up during such challenging times, but they did learn from their father’s life. Though he was not one to lecture, they all learned how to be strong, work hard, and be self-reliant by his persistent example. Those life lessons are his legacy. He was loved by all who knew him and his passing leaves a gap that cannot be filled. However, Jack lived a long and full life, and was ready for his passing, so we celebrate.
The family will have a private memorial celebration.
There is no doubt that he was greeted on the other side by many wagging tails.
It seemed only right that this post should belong to one who was such an important
part of our lives.
The rest of the weekend feels inconsequential in comparison.