Obituary: Frank Tuka, 89, of Grant Township

February 16, 2023

Frank Tuka

Obituary: Frank Tuka, 89, of Grant Township

Frank Joseph Tuka, 89 of Grant Township, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Corewell Health Ludington Hospital in Ludington.

Frank was born on February 23, 1933 in Chicago, the son of the late Frank and Sylvia (Janata) Tuka.  He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.  On May 23, 1959 he married Mary Ann Jackoviak at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Free Soil.  

Frank was employed with Packaging Corporation of America for 44 years retiring in 1995.  He was a life member of the V.F.W. Walsh Post #4499, a life member of the Stephen T. Duchon Catholic War Veterans Post # 1847, a member of the Manistee County United Veterans Council Ritual Squad and also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Salt City Chapter # 43 all of Manistee.  He was a past Mason County Commissioner as well as a past Filer Credit Union board member.  He was also a member of St. John Cantius Catholic Church of Free Soil.  Frank was an avid bowler in the Manistee Bowling League’s and was inducted into the Men’s Bowling Hall of Fame.

He loved the outdoors, including deer hunting, fishing and camping.  He enjoyed playing bingo, cards and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Frank is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Ann Tuka of Grant Township; his children Cheryl Janowiak of Manistee, Tina (Cliff) White of Clarksville, Tenn., Frank (Sandy) Tuka of Rockford, Chuck (Donna) Tuka of Clawson and Jeff (Jackie) Tuka of Scottville; his grandchildren, Joshua (Emily) Janowiak, Brooke Janowiak, Kylie (Joshua) McWhirter, Janie White, Frank Tuka, David (Kelly) Klipfel, Doug (Chelsea) Klipfel, Joslyn Tuka and Carleigh Tuka; nine great-grandchildren; his sister Dolly (Gary) Lindeman of Manistee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Dawn Jackoviak of Custer; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Tim and Betty Baer of Racine, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Richard and Carolyn Gagnon of Port Washington, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his father Frank Tuka; his mother Sylvia Hajec; his stepfather Charles Hajec; brother Paul Posway; sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Boo Innis, brother and sister-in-law John and Judy Tuka; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law John and Lorraine Jackoviak.

Mass of Christian Burial for Frank will be celebrated Monday, February 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Manistee with Reverend Daniel DePew celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Manistee, where the members of the Manistee County United Veterans Council Ritual Squad will conduct military honors.

Visitation for family and friends will be at the Herbert Funeral Home in Manistee on Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 8 p.m. where relatives, friends and members of the St. John’s Rosary Society will pray the rosary at 7 p.m., and also at the funeral home on Monday morning from 10 a.m. until processing to the church at 10:45 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to St. John Cantius Catholic Church or the V.F.W. Walsh Post # 4499 of Manistee.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

The Herbert Funeral Home of Manistee is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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