Francis J. “Frank” Kanicki, 92, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, passed away on December 1, 2017, in Bay Health Hospital in Dover.
Born in 1925, Frank led a happy, fulfilling life. Proud of his Polish and Ukrainian roots, Frank left detailed genealogical records as a gift to his family.
Much of his life centered on St. Hedwig’s Church, where he was an usher. He graduated from St. Hedwig’s Elementary School. A life member of Pulaski Legion, Frank was Scoutmaster of Troop 7, Boy Scouts of America.
Frank completed his education at Bayard Junior High School and Brown Vocational High School. His training as a typesetter led to a career at several printing firms: Modern Press, Sunday Star, Star Color Press, and the Wilmington News Journal. After mastering computerized typesetting, Frank retired in 1989.
Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. After participating in the China-Burma-India initiative, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. A life member of V.F.W. Post 3257, he remained committed to his comrades.
Perhaps sparked during his tour overseas, Frank enjoyed travel. Often with friends Pauline and Helen Eihinger and sister Irene, Frank traversed the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He even visited his mother’s home village in Poland. He volunteered for the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest with gusto.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved parents Stanley and Katherine (Gbur) Kanicki; his sister Mary Wichlinski of New Castle and brother Edward of Topeka, Kansas; and his lifelong companion, Pauline Eihinger. Left to cherish Frank’s rich life are his two sisters, Irene Bonk of Wilmington and Blanche Cole of Mebane, North Carolina; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kanicki, of Topeka, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews. Frank will be especially missed by his niece and caretaker, Elaine LaMarche, of Middletown.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, are requested for St. Hedwig’s or Season’s Hospice. Frank would smile at those remembrances.