Obituary for Francis Lesiak Jr.
Francis (Frank) A. Lesiak, Jr., 80, beloved husband of Karen (Hallbach) Lesiak passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Midstate Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Born in Meriden on May 31, 1936, he was the son of the late Frank A. and Sophie (Shemet) Lesiak.
Frank was a lifelong resident of Meriden. After graduating from St. Rose School, he went to Wilcox Technical School, class of 1954, where he was president of his class. From there he went to Suffield Academy and also attended Lafayette College. Frank was an avid athlete playing varsity basketball, baseball and football throughout high school and college. While at Wilcox “Sonny” Lesiak, as he was known to many, was elected basketball captain in his junior and senior years. In 1961, Frank was inducted into the Wilcox Technical School Sports Hall of Fame, the first of seven to be honored. While at Suffield Academy, Frank was presented with the Ronald G. Smith Basketball Trophy, given annually to the team’s most valuable player. Mr. Lesiak was employed as a carpenter and was a member of the Carpenters’ Union Local #24 for over 40 years. He was a Superintendent, employed by R.A. Civitello and RAC Construction until his retirement.
Frank was Past President of the Meriden FA Federal Credit Union and a member of the Franco-American Club. He was an avid UConn Women’s Basketball and Yankees fan, enjoyed fishing and playing cribbage with family and friends, participating in family gatherings, and vacationing in the Berkshires and throughout New England with his wife.
Frank is survived by two daughters, Judith Lesiak and Susan Wnek and her husband Peter,
of Meriden; a son, Stephen Lesiak of Meriden; three grandchildren, Abriana Lesiak, Jaclyn Gilgallon and Joseph Gilgallon; and a great-grandson, Noah Pappacoda. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was predeceased by a sister, Joan Williams, and his first wife, Dorothea (Barnosky) Lesiak.
Frank Lesiak taught his family the value of hard work and gave them the courage to follow their dreams. The needs of his family always came first. He was kind and generous, and will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.
Relatives and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden on Friday, April 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. Frank’s funeral will be held on Saturday, April 8th at 9:15 a.m. from the Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden. Frank will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane in Meriden.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses, medical team and social work staff at Midstate Medical Center for their special care and attention during Frank’s illness, and to Dr. Jay Kaplan, who was Frank’s physician for many years. Donations may be made in Frank’s name to St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden, CT 06450