Francis P. Wilk, 79 born on May 6, 1944, in Wilkes-Barre PA passed away at home, on November 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Francis was the son of the late Stanley and Louise Sudnick Wilk and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre.
Frank attended Coughlin High School and went on to serve in the United States Army from 1962-1964. In that time, he attended US Army Aviation school in Fort Rucker, Alabama and was a single engine airplane mechanic. He served in Frankfurt, Germany for most of his term.
After serving in the Army, his proudest accomplishment was marrying his high school sweetheart, Dorene Bielski on November 14, 1964. They would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this month.
Frank was employed by Addy Asphalt for 25 years and retired from Popple Construction in 2005. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed going on long car rides with his wife, looking for deer, and spent many hours hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms, cooking, and tending to his garden at home.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother Stanley Wilk Jr.
He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife Dorene Wilk, and their five children, Gary Wilk and wife Robin of Wilkes-Barre; Dennis Wilk and wife Debi of Hughestown; Robert Wilk of Berwick; Lisa Strachko and husband Mike of Berwick; and Lori Swingle and husband Cliff of Meshoppen. Also surviving are his grandchildren Andrew, Amber, Mark, Justin, Matthew, Aubree, Daniel, Ashton, Madeline and great grandchildren Stephen, Brooklynn, and Olivianna.
Frank’s family would like to thank Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick for the care and support they provided Frank with throughout his last months. A special thank you to Amy Kemp and Victoria Talanca.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no public services. A celebration of life will be held for immediate family to attend. Any donations can be made to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 N Market Street, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603.
Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.