Joseph Frank


1925 – 2014

HARRISON — Joseph Frank, 88, of Harrison, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 10, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Joseph was born in East Rockaway, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1925, a son of Samuel and Caroline (Meisner) Frank. He graduated from East Rockaway High School and Oswego State Teachers College. He earned his master’s in education from Hofstra University.

He married Marjorie Moody on July 31, 1948.

An educator for 27 years, Joseph taught wood shop at JFK Junior High School in Bethpage, Long Island. He also taught at Oswego for a short time. He retired from teaching in 1975.

In 1976, he and his family relocated to Harrison. A “Jack of all trades,” Joseph was an avid carpenter and woodworker. He built their home in Harrison from the ground up.

He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater of operations. He was a member of Bridgton Alliance Church and was known for his witty sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of Harrison; three sons, Gary Frank and his wife, Kim, of Mesa, Ariz., Neal Frank and his wife, Lorraine, of Fryeburg and Dana Frank and his wife, Peggy, of Harrison; two daughters, Beverly Parker and her husband, Frank, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Lorraine Merkel and her husband, Tom, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Dorothy Moody, of East Rockaway, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

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