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Frank Jerry Sekula, born Franciszek Jerzy Sekuła, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Born in Myslowice, Poland, on October 3, 1947, he was the oldest of three children of Jerzy and Dorota Sekula. Frank was a foreman at Huta Szopienice, one of Poland’s largest smelting plants, where he was one of the founding members of the Solidarity trade union, which sought to advance the causes of workers’ rights and social change.
To avoid persecution by the communist government, he escaped to Austria in 1981 and received political asylum in the United States, where his wife and son joined him two years later. He proudly received his U.S. citizenship in 1989. He started a second career as a machinist and rose to the position of supervisor before retiring in 2013. Frank was an avid fisherman, hunter, and sailor and a prolific reader. His humor, wit and unwavering optimism will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Anna B. Sekula; son, Martin K. Sekula; daughter-in-law, Wendy A. Musumeci; grandson, Maksymilian S. Sekula of Williamsburg; sisters, Małgosia Holuszek and Marysia Małczec; and mother, Dorota Sekuła of Katowice, Poland.
A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance.
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