Monday, May 20, 2019

Sadie's Been Waiting....

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.

22 comments:

Louise Stopford said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to your family.

colleen said...

What a handsome man with such wonderful traits. I can see why anyone would be proud to call him Dad/Jack/Grandpap. What a true blessing to have so many wonderful memories. So very sorry for your loss.




















littlemancat said...

Dear Bev and Jack, sincere condolences for this great loss. He leaves a beautiful legacy.
Mary

jaz@octoberfarm said...

awww...what a great guy. i agree...dogs know! i love the pic with sadie! you have such good memories!

Kathy said...

Beautifully written tribute. My heartfelt condolences to your Jack and all the family.

Unknown said...

A life well lived, that is what we all want. May you celebrate his life with joy and thankfulness. Blessing Lisa G in TN.

daisy g said...

So grateful for the gifts he left behind. Bless his heart and those of your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Jack.
Take Care,
Kaye

Marsha said...

I am so sorry for your family, thoughts and prayers to you all.

The JR said...

What a great man. He will be dearly missed. I'm sorry for your loss.

Patsy from Illinois said...

So sorry for your loss. What a great man.

Karen said...

What a loving, kind soul. What a Dad! May he rest in peace with all of his four legged friends. The world was a better place with him in it. Heart felt sympathies to his family . . .

This N That said...

Wonderful tribute..So well said..Great picture..He will be missed.

Leslye said...

So sorry for your loss.He sounds like the kind of person we all would have liked to have known.I have always said you can trust a dogs feelings about people.Blessings to you and your family.

Thefarmerswife said...

So sorry for your loss.

janie said...

So sorry for your loss. Animals have a special sense.
Our condolences to your family, Janie

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this. Sincere condolences to you and Jack and Becky and all your extended family. Julia

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the great loss to your family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
-Eileen in Fla.

Lynne said...

The Dig Whisperer . . .
Wonderful message . . . tribute . . .
Sad for your loss . . . Merry

Lynne said...

The Dog Whisperer . . .
Wonderful message . . . tribute . . .
Sad for your loss . . .

Unknown said...

Sending our love to you and the family. This is a beautiful tribute. We are so sad to read this news. ♡ Uncle Jack trated us like his own too. He and Aunt Donna were our daughter Ariel's family while she went to college in PA. They attended her college waterpolo games and Uncle Jack drove all the way to Lewisburg to her graduation stepping in as her East coast grandpa. His and Aunt Donna's welcoming and hospitality made it easier for us to let her go so faraway to school. We knew he and Aunt Donna were nearby. Sending our love and sympathy to all of the Frankenys. From Kellie and Ray and family.

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