edward frankovitch
Edward Frankovitch, 86, of Weirton, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Grace Cottage. Born April 17, 1934, in Weirton, WV. Edward was the son of the late John and Ann (Rakinac) Frankovitch. He was also preceded in death by his wife Gloria, his brother John and sisters Marie, Margaret and Danielle. A lifelong resident of Weirton, Edward started his career in law enforcement with the Hancock County Sheriff Department working his way to become Chief of Police for the City of Weirton. He was most proud of his service in law enforcement including as a founding member and President of the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association where he led the redesign of written police protocols on both on a state and national level. After his law enforcement career, Edward spent over 40 years at Weirton Steel Corporation in the Safety Department. He was a member Weirton Jaycees, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Colliers Sportsman Club, Knights of Columbus, Hancock County Master Gardeners and in 1965 was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. Edward is survived by; sisters Ann (Robert) Noonan, Amelia (Len) Churski; sons, Edward Frankovitch, Jr., and his wife Janet, Dan Frankovitch, John Frankovitch and his wife Karen; daughter, Lisa Frankovitch and her spouse, Gerry Ginter; grandchildren Alexa (Evan) Collins, Anne, Drazen, Ilea (Dave)Thomas, Maggie, Maya, Nicholas and Zachary; and two great grandchildren Joseph and Vivienne. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday December 26, 2020, at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Babu Joseph Elamturuthil officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church 140 Walnut Street Weirton, WV 26062 Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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  1. Lisa, John, Dan, Ed and family I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I have many great memories of you Dad growing up. I know he is loving that he gets to spend Christmas with your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Prayers and condolences to the whole family. Memories come flooding back of the great times growing up in the neighborhood. Your mom and dad always welcomed me into your house and made me feel like part of the family. I always sat and talked to your dad at Wyngate. I will always remember the good times of growing up.

  3. Frankovitch family: I don’t need to tell you what a wonderful man your father was. I worked across the hall from him for several years at the “Marantz Building” of Weirton Steel; we had so much fun. He was all business but Man! his wife and kids meant the world to him. I saw him a couple times at Wynn Gate and he still had that same big smile for me. I feel privileged to have known your father. May he rest in peace.

  4. For me sharing a memory about Big Ed is very hard. Not because there weren’t countless memories, there were. Big Ed’s heart was bigger than his stature. 4 yrs. ago after swapping cop stories w/Ed I was leaving. He gave me a big hug and said:” Be careful out there, people are crazy, I love you.” He kissed the top of my head. I was 53 yrs old! I felt like a new recruit just out of the academy. His eyes watered up/ mine too. Heaven got an Angel and a half today. John (Louie) Kuntupis

  5. Our prayers and sympathy go out to your family. Your Father was a great man, He will be missed by many. I feel fortunate to have had our paths cross

  6. I remember staying at the Franko itch home in zkings Creek as a child. Greatest accomplishment would be to walk barefoot on the gravel road like all the other kids!

  7. John, my sincerest condolences to you and your family for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed by all of those who were fortunate to know him. Sincerely, Rudy and Michelle Psaroudis

  8. Dear John, Lisa, Danny and families I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope you know that all of you were part of an extended family with mine. I am here if there is anything I can do! He will live through all of you–his greatest legacy! Please take care! Love you!

  9. Dear Eddie, Danny, Lisa, and John, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was like a great second father to me. He was a great guy and I will miss him.

  10. Dear Eddie, Danny, Lisa, and John, So sorry for your loss. Your dad was like a second father to me and I will always miss him. Tom Harper

  11. Eddie, Danny, Lisa and John. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I have so many memories of your family growing up next door. What wonderful neighbors who knew one another and was always there when you needed them or just wanted to sit and visit with. Every time I saw your Dad he always had that big smile and and even bigger hug. He was a great man. May he rest in peace. Joey & John Kolosky

  12. To the Frankovitch family our heart felt condolences, may he Rest In Peace and God Bless Robert and Patty Capito

  13. To the Frankovitch family, Deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. Living across the street from your dad and mom hold very precious memories. Prayers for strength to get you through these difficult times. Fritz and Mary lou frohnapfel

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