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Francis Krakowski

Francis Michael Krakowski

Saturday November 9, 1946 - Wednesday July 3, 2019
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Obituary

Dr. Francis M. Krakowski, of Hellertown, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. “Dr. K” or “Frank” - as he was better known to everyone who loved him - was a loving husband, a tremendous father and grandfather, and a doctor’s doctor with a gift for geriatric medicine. He helped orchestrate numerous pharmaceutical innovations and philanthropic endeavors throughout his illustrious career. Frank’s family, friends, and colleagues will best remember him for living a life defined by his love of family, civic engagement, compassion, and integrity.
Born November 9, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, PA - the only child to Frank and Mary (Svetz) Krakowski - Frank grew up in the town of Whitehall, PA and attended Central Catholic High School (Class of 1964). As the first person in his family to attend college, Frank accepted a full academic scholarship to LaSalle University and graduated summa cum laude. He followed his lifelong calling to become a physician and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars MD-MBA Program at the Wharton School of Business.
Most would agree that Frank’s smartest decision was marrying his high school sweetheart, Carol Krobath, in 1970. In an effort to spend more time with his family, Frank made the eventual decision to put his clinical expertise to benefit within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, where he held key executive positions at Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and CR Bard. He finished his professional career by managing several continuing medical education companies until his retirement, at which time he settled his focus on his family, his golf game, travel, and architectural design.
As a devout Catholic, Frank took seriously the many issues facing the Catholic Church and championed them openly. He founded the local Knights of Columbus chapter at St. Theresa’s, in Hellertown, PA, and he organized many events to raise funds and awareness for issues facing his community. He was also sincerely dedicated to educating people on the importance of getting an annual flu shot to help prevent the deadly complications of influenza and worked tirelessly to make the vaccine more readily accessible to the general public.
Frank leaves behind a number of family and close friends who will miss him immensely. In particular, he is survived by his wife and forever soulmate, Carol; his children, Drew Krakowski and Lauren (Krakowski) Mihelic; his daughter-in-law, Carlisle (Rand) Krakowski; his son-in-law, Greg Mihelic; his four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Lily, James, and Jakob; his sister- and brother-in-law, Cathy and Michael Tomasko,; his nephew, Ryan Tomasko; and his niece, Jenna Tomasko.
Visitations will be held at Falk Funeral Home, 1418 Main St, Hellertown, on Friday, July 12th, from 6-8 PM, and Saturday, July 13th, from 9-10 AM. Following the Saturday morning visitation, a Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, in Hellertown. A celebration of Frank’s life will immediately follow church services at the Steel Club, 700 Linden Ave, Hellertown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Frank Krakowski Knights of Columbus Scholarship” care of St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1408 Easton Rd., Hellertown, PA 18055, or to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Rd #110, Allentown, PA 18109. Please visit Frank’s “Book of Memories” at falkfuneralhomes.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Hellertown
    Address
    1418 Main Street
    HELLERTOWN, PA 18055
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Hellertown
    Address
    1418 Main Street
    HELLERTOWN, PA 18055
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
    Address
    1408 Easton Road
    HELLERTOWN, PA 18055
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Jerome A. Tauber

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Larry Amici

Posted at 11:20am
Carol, Very sorry about your loss. My sympathy to you and your family. I remember Frank as a really "Stand-up Guy".
Just found out about his passing yesterday. Denise Hussar told my wife during a phone call. They live about half a mile from us, just outside Harrisburg.
Our prayers for you and your family.
Larry Amici


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Danielle Colombo

Posted at 12:23pm
Frank, You always made me feel a part of the family the many times I joined Krakowski family events. You had a way of making me feel like one of the team. You were always so warm, welcoming, funny, and your intelligence always shone through. My heart and thoughts are with you Carol, Drew, Lauren, Carlisle, and Greg. Frank will be profoundly missed.
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Ron Wauters

Posted at 12:16pm
I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Carol and the extended Krakowski family. Having know Frank since High School, it was evident he was going to contribute much to his interests in life. Yes his smartest decision was marrying his High School Sweetheart of which I can say the same. To me Frank's greatest attribute was his thoughtfulness and caring about those around him.Nothing points this out more then him becoming a Medical Doctor and striving always to help others. It was always a joy to be around Frank and engage in " Spirited " conversations. I will always remember our times from High School right up to our last get together in 2018. These memories with Frank will remain with me forever.
In living memory of Frank, Ron Wauters
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