NEW MIDDLETOWN, OHIO – Frank “Pinky” Nalepa, 87, died on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. so that he could finally rest in peace with his beloved wife, Mary.
He passed away from heart failure while resting peacefully at the Hospice House in Boardman, Ohio.
Pinky was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Campbell, Ohio (Mahoning County) a son of the late Anthony and Rose (Kohenczyk) Nalepa.
He was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, where he got the nick-name “Pinky.” In his year book under his picture it stated - “Girls would walk a mile, just to see Pinky smile!”
Pinky was a member of the Holy Trinity Church, where he served as an usher.
Pinky was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, having served in World War II on the Coast Guard Cutter Sorrell in the Atlantic. He was a 3rd Class Petty Officer and also served in the Pacific. He was a proud veteran and enjoyed wearing the shirts his son, Hitch made for him.
His wife, the former Mary Johnicka, whom he married May 21, 1949, passed away Jan. 29, 2007.
He missed her and would recall many memories about her. They were a very close couple. They were good parents, good providers and wonderful examples how people in this world should be. They both will be missed.
Pinky was a postal carrier for the Struthers, Ohio Post Office for 28 years. Everyone knew “Pinky the Mailman!” and loved him. He always wore a smile when carrying mail, had an extra stamp or two in his pocket and a doggie bone in the other. He was a member of NALC and a lifelong member of the DAV.
Pinky was a good hearted man and cared about many people. If he could not recall your name, he knew your house number!
He loved Polka’s and Polka dancing. He loved swimming at Club South and going up to Arby’s. The Arby’s Gang was a special group of friends to him and cared about him right to the end. He loved going to Mountaineer Racetrack and enjoyed his last few trips with his son, Ron.
Pinky lived with his daughter, Lee Ann for the last seven months and saw a whole new way of living.
He enjoyed visits from his son, Bill, whom he learned many facts about birds and loved watching for them. He got a kick out of playing with Ricky the Duck.
He loved all the wonderful neighbors who became family to him. He also developed a love for Icy’s and sitting on the porch. You always knew where to find Pinky when the sun was shining!
He leaves his children, Robert (Karen), William, Ronald (Cindy) and Lee Ann (Joe), with whom he made his home; 10 grandchildren, Stacie, Keith, Kevin, Sacha, Collenna, Misha, Lindsay, Carly, Matt and Bryan (who took such good care of him each day); two great-grandchildren, Kelsy and Kaden; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Pinky was the last to survive his brothers, Joe, Rudy and John; and a sister, Nell.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers, Ohio and at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at St. John Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Please visit www.kirilafh.com
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