December 5, 1927 – June 21, 2010
Frank Pongracz was born in Hungary on December 5,1927. He came to Canada with his parents, Frank and Anna, at the age of 10 months along with his sister Anne. After a short stay in Saskatchewan, the family moved to Terrace and lived on a farm on Kalum Street where the Tim Horton’s now sits.
Frank was the second eldest of the seven Pongracz children. He was raised on the family farm in Terrace and completed his schooling here. In addition to helping on the farm, during the war years he often worked with his father on construction. At the age of 16 he began his career in the logging industry as a cat operator. He started out at a time when being an equipment operator still required a lot of manual work.
Frank met his wife, Sarah Mile, in Terrace and they were married in 1950. They built their first home on the comer of Kalum St. and Haugland Ave. They had three children, Elaine, Ron and Mark.
Frank was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also had a great fondness for the dogs he had over the years, each one becoming an adopted member of the family.
Frank leaves to mourn his wife of nearly 60 years, Sarah; his daughter Elaine and son-in-law Robert Fell; his son Mark Pongracz; Granddaughter
Merrie and her husband George Mitsopoulos; Grandson David and his wife Amy Fell; Grandson Kevin and his wife Corina Pongracz; Three great-grandsons: Nicholas, Kristofer and Xavier; Sisters: Mary, Elizabeth, Barbara, and Margaret; Brother: Matt plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Frank was predeceased by his son, Ron and his sister, Anne.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 26th at the Terrace Elks Hall.
Donations can be made in Frank’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.