Francis ‘Frank’ Vasalka, 88, of New Paltz
NEW PALTZ >> Francis “Frank” Vasalka, 88, a longtime resident of New Paltz and Highland, passed away on Oct. 29, 2016, at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, surrounded by loving members of his family.
Francis was born in Maspeth, N.Y., on Dec. 15, 1927, to Alexander and Pauline Vasalka.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who proudly served our country during World War II and Korea, retiring at the rank of staff sergeant.
He was a devoted husband to his wife, Regina, who passed away in 2010, and loving father to his children, working two jobs throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s to provide for them. Yet, he always somehow found the time for Little League, glee club, track meets and the like to support his children’s pursuits while they were growing up.
Francis is survived by his daughter, Paula; sons, Steven and Frank; granddaughter, Kristen and her husband Dan, with greatgrandchildren, Madison, Emma, Gregory and Benjamin; grandson, James and his wife Michelle; sister-in-law, Valeria; niece, Joan; nephews, John and Jason; great-niece, Kelly with her daughter, greatgreat-niece, Charlotte; great-nephew, Matt and his wife Claudia, with great-great-nieces, Lily and Olivia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, 38 Main St., Highland, N.Y. Calling hours are 6 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 3, 2016, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at 10 a.m.