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Francis A. Kravetz

Died: Fri., Aug. 7, 2015


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 09, 2015
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Location: East Pittsburgh

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Location: St. Maurice Church

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Of Chalfant, age 91, on Friday, August 7, 2015.

Beloved husband of the late Anne (Cerjanic) Kravetz for 68 years and who died just 4 months ago on March 31, 2015.

Loving and dear father of Robert F. “Rock” (Andrea) Kravetz of Monroeville, Cheryl (Ed) Werle of Jones Mill and Lynne (Ed) Hartnett of Champion.

Cherished and admired grandfather of Robert F. “Rocky” (Nina) Kravetz of DE.

Treasured “Bonus Grandfather” of Ben Werle of Seattle, Mark (Emily) Werle of Harmony Twp. and Anna Werle of Lawrenceville and “Bonus Great-Grandfather” of Alivia, Gabe and Alaina.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, George and Susan (Salata) Kravetz and his stepmother, Susan (Kollar) Kravetz.

Frank was a proud WW II combat veteran serving honorably as a Staff Sgt. with the Army Air Corp, as a B-17 gunner, Mighty Eighth, 457th Bomb Group. He was severely wounded in action on November 2, 1944 becoming a prisoner of war.  Interred at Nuremberg, Stalag XIIID, Frank was liberated from Moosburg, Stalag VIIA on April 29, 1945. Frank was a Purple Heart Recipient, which he was awarded on June 21, 1949.

He was a Charter Member & Past Commander, East Pittsburgh VFW Post 5008 and served as the National Director Service Officer of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

Frank was also a Past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

He was inducted to the Southwestern Veteran Center Hall of Fame in May 2006 and was a Jefferson Award Nominee in September, 2012

Frank told his amazing life story as the author of ‘Eleven Two; One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom’ which was released in 2010.

Frank was a longtime resident of Chalfant Borough and was retired from Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Churchill site. In 2014, Frank was presented the Charley Ruch Lifetime Achievement Award from Westinghouse SURE.

A lifelong Steeler & Pirate Fan, he also enjoyed gardening, visits to casinos, travel and attending patriotic events of any kind.

Frank’s life passions were twofold:  his family and his service to his fellow Veterans. Frank was well known for his many efforts to secure benefits for veterans which they rightfully deserved.

Friends welcome Sunday and Monday from 2-8 pm at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800.

Mass of Christian Burial in St. Maurice Church, Forest Hills, on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Frank will be laid to rest with Military Honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Wednesday at 1 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322 (www.mightyeighth.org) or to Friends of Andersonville, Attention: Andersonville Trust, National POW Museum, P.O. Box 186 Andersonville, GA 31711. http://www.nps.gov/ande/getinvolved/supportyourpark/joinourfriends.htm

Frank’s family offers special thanks to the caregivers at Concordia of Monroeville.

Dad, you were brave, kind and generous with warmth to others.  You are our hero.

Now you’ve folded your wings and met your sweetheart in heaven. 

Rest in peace, you’ve earned it.

We will live our lives in the freedom you helped secure for all of us.


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Rebecca Brunotte
   Posted Sat August 08, 2015
Dearest Cheryl and family,

I adored your Dad! A beautiful heart, a twinkle in his eye, a fellow comrade in arms who will be missed by all of his friends at the 8th Air Force Western PA Historical Society. We all know he is now right where he wants to be...in Annie K's arms!


Rebecca Brunotte
CMSgt, USAF, Ret.
Secretary/Treasurer of the Western PA 8th AFHS

Kim Hulick
   Posted Sat August 08, 2015
Rocco, Cheryl, and Lynne. My most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I remember your dad so clearly being such a sweet man. I have thought of all of you over the years and feel very sad for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for comfort.

Nadine and Phil Belejchak
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
Kravetz family, please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. Your parents were always together and very loving. They greeted everyone with a smile and kind word. They are now both at peace and together eternally. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Betty Yowan
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
Our sympathies to the family. Frank was a delightful gentlemen, hero, patriot and family man. We were honored to spend time with Frank and his late wife Anne at WWII Air Force luncheons, the latest being April 2015. Rest in peace Frank until we meet again.

David and Pamela Scolforo
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
Kravetz Family,

Sending our love and prayers. Your Dad was a great example to many of us. The memories he left will live in many lives.

Love PD and Pam

Alan Kugler
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
I am very sorry to hear about this. Mr. Kravetz is a great hero. I have fond memories of him from my childhood.

Tami (Wroblewski) Faychak
   Posted Sun August 09, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family.

Patricia Leach
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
Sorry to hear of his passing,my father will be waiting for him/they can relive VFW stories from East Pittsburgh! My dad spent his spare time there when the Slovak club was closed,sure they'll have memories for each other.prayers for your family.

David Terney
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015


With deepest sympathy and condolences. Dave Terney, Kim and Stuart.

Linda Donaldson Winter
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
Cheryl & family,
My sincere sympathy is sent to you & your family. Your dad did so much for all the POW's he came in contact with. He was respected & loved by many. I enjoyed spending time with your mom & Frank at the events I attended with my father, Alex Donaldson. May he rest in peace & God's comfort be with you.

Linda Donaldson Winter

Jerry & Libby Larson Dunedin Florida
   Posted Mon August 10, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the Whole Family, So sorry to here, They will be together for ever, One man,s Love for his wife is never ending.

Frank & Anns Old car Tech. 20 years ago Jerrys Repairs.

We miss all that had passed from The VFW to Freinds.

John Vergot
   Posted Tue August 11, 2015
Dear cousins Cheryl, Bob, Lynne, and family,

My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you all on the passing of your dad, Frank. An incredible man, airman, father, husband, and friend, who accomplished remarkable things throughout his life. I looked up to Frank when I was a kid and he became my hero who I wanted to emulate.

Frank was the best! He was about love, patience, service, family, and faith. I am so grateful and blessed to have known Frank. Wonderful memories of cousin Frank and Anne will be with me forever.

John Vergot & Family

Dan McQuaide
   Posted Wed August 19, 2015
The Kravetz Family,
I have been out of town the past few weeks and it was with the deepest sadness that I came home and read of Frank's passing. In my 35 years at the VA, there was no one I enjoyed working with more than Frank. His story, and the man himself, made me proud to be his friend. I have passed his book along to all of my family and friends so they could share his remarkable story.

I'm sure when Frank arrived in heaven last week, he was met by Anne and every former American POW he served with, and assisted, in his lifetime.

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