You have made an impact on the lives of many and will be missed.
  • 93 years old
  • Born on March 22, 1919 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on October 30, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona, United States.

In May, 2012, Frank's wife of 66 years was taken to Heaven.  After almost six months without him, Agnes called him home and he peacefully left us to be with her.  He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Mary Lou and Robert A Grether, son Stephen Plachko, brother John Plachko, and granddaugher and grandson-in-law Amanda and Michael Gill.  A Catholic Mass will be held on Friday, November 2nd with interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Frank was born in a rural coal mining town in Pennsylvania.  After graduating high school, he joined a government work program for two years in Arizona.  He then began his lifetime career at Ohio Crankshaft, only taking a reprieve to proudly serve in the US Army WWII from 1943-1946.  Upon return, he married Agnes (Sheba) Plachko and they raised two beautiful children.  

Frank spent many hours collecting stamps, coins, and baseball cards.  He also loved watching sports, reading the newspaper, spending time with family, and solving puzzles.

Posted by Marylou Grether on 30th October 2016
Hi Dad. With one more win, The Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. I know you would be excited and am excited for you. I know you are watching from above. Miss you. Give Mom a big hug and an early birthday kiss. Love you both.
Posted by Marylou Grether on 22nd March 2016
Happy Birthday Dad. Hard to believe its been three years already. There probably isn't a week that goes by that you aren't mentioned, so you are still alive in our minds and hearts. Miss you, and love . Please tell Mom we send our love too
Posted by Chris Plachko on 31st October 2013
I can't believe it's been one year Uncle Fran. Time goes by so fast. I know you and Aunt Angie are together which gives me peace. Love you and miss you so much.
Posted by Annemarie Mahoney on 9th November 2012
While I only met Frank a few years ago, it was easy to see that Frank was a gentle soul underneath his strong exterior. He was a good a caring, dedicated husband to Agnes and the loving protector of his family. Bless you, Frank. You are missed!
Posted by Robert Grether on 2nd November 2012
Hi Frank: You were like a father to me. We did a lot of family things together for 36 years. Now you are with Agnes again. I will miss both of you dearly. Love you always.
Posted by MaryLou Grether on 1st November 2012
Hi Dad: I wish we could have spent more time together during your last hours on earth, but I know you were in a hurry to see Mom After your send off on Nov 2, you can celebrate mom's birthday with her. I know she missed you and wanted you with her Thanks for your fantastic record keeping! It is almost like you are here guiding me. Love you, and say Happy Birthday to mom from all
Posted by Chris Plachko on 1st November 2012
My Uncle Fran was funny, gentle, and and all around good guy. I remember staying over Aunt Angie and Uncle Fran's house when my mom was in the hospital. I had so much fun with the 2 of them. New Years Day was a tradition on Tate Avenue. I really looked forward to that. You will be missed Uncle Fran. Give Aunt Angie a hug and kiss from me.
Posted by Amanda Gill on 31st October 2012
I consider myself extremely blessed to have many great memories with my grandparents, especially during the summer when I was in grade school. Grandpa introduced me to many card games and puzzles, and we had a lot of fun sorting through his stamps and coins. I was also very impressed with his record keeping skills and sharp mind, even at the age of 93! He will truly be missed.

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