Alfred, “Al”, Joseph Frankowski of Dunellen, New Jersey and West Palm Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on May 4, 2020 at Care One of Somerset Valley Assisted Living in Bound Brook, New Jersey. His family also lovingly referred to him as “Poppie”.
Al was a graduate of Plainfield High School and a life-long resident of the Plainfield and Dunellen area. He entered the 9th Army Air Corps during World War II and was a tail gunner aboard B26 bombers in the European theater. He flew on 14 missions, earned a total of five medals including 2 air service medals with oak leaves, and attained the rank of staff sergeant. As part of his military training, he attended Dickinson College. Proud of his military service, Al was a regular attendee at reunions of his army colleagues and could often be seen wearing his World War II Veteran cap. Upon returning from the military, he became an installer and later an installation foreman with New Jersey Bell/Verizon in Plainfield. After 36 years with the company, he enjoyed over 30 years of retirement.
Al was a communicant of St. John the Apostle Church in Dunellen and a member of the Dunellen-Middlesex-Elks Lodge. In retirement, he and his wife, Kay, split their time between Dunellen and West Palm Beach Florida where they were members of the West Palm Beach Country Club. They were avid golfers who participated in golf leagues in both the West Palm Beach and Dunellen areas. Al was well known for his love of buying and selling at local flea markets, auctions, and garage sales. He always felt there was treasure to be found in those markets.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 46 years Kathleen in 2013, his stepson Dr. Thomas Boyle in 2007, his brothers Henry and Edwin Frankowski of Piscataway, Walter and Theodore Frankowski of Chicago, as well as, his sisters Mary Caulfield of Plainfield and North Carolina, and Janine Grap of Bridgewater and Georgia.
Alfred is survived by his stepson, Patrick Boyle and wife Dr. Marybeth Boyle of Westfield, stepdaughter Kathleen Boyle of Lambertville, and stepdaughter-in-law Diane Boyle of Bridgewater. He will be dearly missed by his seven grandchildren, Matthew and Gregory Boyle, Christian and Colin Sather, Kristen Lakatos, Kellie DeSan, and Tiffany Boyle, and five great grandchildren, Shannon and Ryan Lakatos, Nicholas and Aidan DeSan and Jonathan Boyle.
Due to the Covid-19 virus, a requiem Mass and a celebration of life where all can participate will be held
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