Francis Ganis

Francis Charles Ganis

December 13, 1933 - April 1, 2020
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Francis C. (Frank) (Slugger) Ganis, age 86 passed away peacefully on the afternoon of April 1st, 2020 in Reading Hospital.

He was born December 13, 1933 in New Philadelphia, PA, to Charles and Helen (Kasper) Ganis. He grew up in New Philadelphia, PA where he was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and attended its grade school. Excelling in football and basketball, he was a 1952 graduate of Blythe Township High School. After graduating he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

He married Joan T. Rejuney on October 6, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mahanoy City, PA, and they moved to Hyde Park, PA in 1962. They are longtime members of Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Frank worked for more than forty years as a welder and steelworker at Parish Pressed Steel / Dana Corporation.

A lifelong sports fan, he avidly followed the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles as well as Penn State Nittany Lion football. He was also well known for his great sense of humor.

In addition to his wife of over 62 years, Joan T. (Rejuney) Ganis, he is survived by his sons Francis X. Ganis husband of Patti K. Malone of Fairfax, VA and William V. Ganis husband of Julia M. Reich of Terre Haute, IN, and a grandson Gabriel F. Ganis of Fairfax, VA. He is also survived by a brother, Charles A. Ganis of Riverview Park, PA, a sister Marie T. Margle of Columbia, SC and a cousin Edward J. Kasper of Falls Church, VA who was raised in the same household. His predeceased brother Edward J. Ganis was an early casualty of the Korean War.

Originally a traditional viewing and funeral open to all family and friends was planned. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic (which Frank jestingly referred to as World War V), the plans have shifted to a private viewing and Mass of the Resurrection to be held at Holy Guardian Angels Catholic Church on Easter Monday, April 13th. He will be interred at Gethsemane Cemetery in Laureldale, PA. Condolences may be expressed at the Kuhn Funeral Home website,
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Thomas Joseph Margle III

Posted at 06:01pm
To the Ganis Family, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and during this difficult time. The Margle's
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Debra Kincheloe

Posted at 11:51pm
Dearest Joan, Patti & Frank, Gabriel, and family -- We were late in learning that Frank's father had passed away, although we knew he was not doing well and were praying for him and Joan every day. We fell in love with Joan and Francis when we first met them at Patti's and Frank's wedding just a few months before Mama died. We'll never forget how good they were to Mama, even coming here to our home and being with us throughout Mama's funeral events. I found a few photos of Joan and Frank at your wedding I will try to share tomorrow. We will never forget how wonderful and fun your wedding was, and how you let our dear Mama be the "bride" at your wedding. How she loved being the center of attention, and I still marvel at how you, Frank, and his family loved all Mama's antics. Mama had met her match with Frank -- and probably had one of the happiest weekends of her 68 years. Your beloved family has continued to bring us joy through all of these years, in mind and spirit. May the joy continue throughout these difficult times. I like to think there'll be dancing in Heaven, but it will be so much more wonderful than that. We are all the richer for having Frank and his family in ours. I could write volumes, but I'll stop here. For now.


Posted at 10:28am
Joan and Family,
So sorry for your loss.
I have early memories of Slugger and Uncle Bob Shewokis in the New Philadelphia neighborhood. (Did Aunt Jean and Uncle Bob meet as a result of your wedding?) Something romantic like that in our family history! Prayers for you.

Rita Shevokas Tamalavage

M. Perrone

Posted at 10:09pm
As next-door neighbors to Frank & Patti in Fairfax, VA, it was always a pleasure to see Frank Sr. when he visited from Pennsylvania.
He had a good sense of humor and great stories. He was a good man.
We are so sorry for loss. Please know you are in our prayers.
- The Perrones

Whitman Rinaldo

Posted at 01:33pm
He was a gentle and steady presence, and a pleasure to know. Sorry for your loss in this difficult time.

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