Dr. Frank's Story
With an abundance of love we announce the passing of Dr. Frank Raynak on June 14, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz.
He lived a robust 94 years surrounded by his children: daughter Carol Raynak (Phoenix); son Chuck Raynak and his wife, Debbie (Phoenix); son Tom Raynak and his wife, Michele (Phoenix); son Dan Raynak and his wife, Kim (Scottsdale); daughter Mary-Beth Leasure and husband, Bill (Austin, Texas); son Jim Raynak and wife, Janis (Phoenix); and son Dr. Joe Raynak and wife, Andrea (Scottsdale).
Frank is also survived by four granddaughters, Kala, Alexis, Katie and Ali, and eight grandsons, Mike, Nick, Ryan, Tyler, Trevor, Kevin, John and Andy.
Frank's wife, Polly, preceded him to Heaven in 2003.
Frank was born on Dec. 3, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was awarded an academic and athletic scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College, where some of his football records stood for over 50 years. He earned his MD degree from Temple University, completed his radiology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and served as a Medical Doctor in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict.
He married Polly Weber in 1950. After brief stints in Rochester, Minn., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Pittsburgh, Pa., he raised his family in New Castle, Pa., where he worked as Chief of Radiology, first at St. Francis Hospital in New Castle and then at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville, Pa., until his retirement at age 72. Thereafter, he and his wife, Polly, moved to join their children in Phoenix, Ariz., where he remained until his death.
Frank was an excellent athlete, winning recognition in football, baseball, golf and basketball in school. In his adult years, he loved to play golf and racquetball.
He enjoyed taking his family on summer vacations and going on extended golf trips with his golfing buddies from New Castle and fellow priests from his oldest brother's seminary class.
He saved many lives not only with his work as a physician in New Castle and Greenville, Pa., but also during his naval service. One of his proudest moments was the rescue of a young boy who had lost his leg through a wartime atrocity.
Frank's highest and proudest achievement though was his seven children. Each of them has continued his mission of community service, faith and commitment to family. Frank enjoyed spending time in Phoenix with his family and also his friends from St. Paul's Roman Catholic Parish, where he attended daily Mass and then regularly headed with the group to Einstein's for breakfast.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers from Homecare Resources and Hospice of the Valley for the tremendous care and support he has received.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 330 W. Coral Gables, Phoenix, Ariz. 85023 on Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m., and he will be buried at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix,Ariz. 85008.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to Catholic Charities, https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org.
Visit http://www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.
Published on June 15, 2017