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Francis "Frank" Joseph Petska

April 10, 1940 - October 17, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Francis "Frank" Joseph Petska

Francis "Frank" Joseph Petska

Born: April 10, 1940
Died: October 17, 2018
Age: 78

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    Francis "Frank" Joseph Petska was born April 10, 1940 to Lumir and Nellie Petska in Omaha, NE.  Frank passed away at his home in Spencer, IA on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
     Frank was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Central High in Omaha.  Needless to say, he was a CORNHUSKER fan, which he toted very proudly.

     Frank had a passion for life which included helping others.  He worked as a counselor for over 30 years helping others.  Once he retired from this profession, he served as City Council member for the last 6 years.  Frank loved being of service to the Spencer community in this capacity.

     One of the things Frank enjoyed was a Firemen’s Pancake Feed and any potluck.  He enjoyed in engaging in a good conversation over lots of coffee.  He provided conversation and humor while serving up mini-donuts and smoothies from his concession stand for 20 years.  Frank never met a stranger, any and all were always welcome.

     In his free time he enjoyed bicycling, which included numerous years on RAGBRAI and a trip across the United States in 1995 with Jan and Andrea.

     June was always a trip the College World Series Baseball Games in Omaha.  In Frank’s opinion “Rosenblatt Stadium” was the Best Place To Play Ball.

     One of his favorite places was the Niobrara River.  He went tubing and kayaking with family members and felt safe, as the river at the deepest part was only waist deep, many places only knee deep.  “Frank couldn’t swim”!

     Frank is survived by his wife Janet of almost 39 years.  Daughters: Pam Hyatt and Nancy Kaminsky of California; Sheila Gable Petska of Minnesota; Katie Clark of Oklahoma; Traci Hintz of Spencer, IA; Andrea Petska of Cincinnati, OH and son, Gary Gable of Omaha, NE.  Frank also has two sisters: Barbara Power of Colorado and Katherine Rickards of Missouri.

     All of Frank’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him.  He loved each and every one of them.  They were always a topic of conversation to whomever would listen.  They in turn provided Frank with many hours of enjoyment and many laughs over the years.

     Frank was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Angela Petska and son, Francis K. Petska.

     He had a host of coffee drinking friends for over 41 years.  Frank’s faith was important to him; along with being of service to others.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established.
Father Tim Johnson
Steve Quattelbaum
Darrell Todd
Jody Halverson
Mark Reynolds
Ken Rubel
Mike Meyer
Visitation will begin at Noon on Monday with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Organist: Jessica Schable
Soloist: Andrea Petska
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:51 PM
“Sorry to hear about Frank. It was a pleasure to help him with the donut/food service the few times I did. He was a fine person to work with. I feel fortunate to have known him.”
- Susan Smith
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:49 AM
“I am sorry to be posting this now, but I just found out of his passing. I worked with Frank back at ADTU. He was a great friend and I admired him greatly. He will be truly missed.”
- Ellen Tisher
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“Jan and family So sorry for your loss of Frank. Your best friend. I know he will be missed by all. Especially you. Julie”
- Julie schneider
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“We were shocked to learn today from our daughter, Carly, of Frank's passing, and we wish comfort and peace to all of his family. His spirit was so bright, his soul so kind, and his laughter could fill the room. I feel privileged to have known and worked with him, and I'm saddened in knowing that we have lost someone who had done so much good and made so many lives better. Frank is honored with that legacy and with our memories of him.”
- Roger & Linda Littlefield
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“My condolences to Jan and family. What a special guy and always loved running into him at different AA functions. RIP Frank”
- Lenor Waldschmidt
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“Jan, May God's Grace be with you and your family during this time of your great loss. Frank was a special friend to me and countless others, his help for others
knew no boundaries. May He Rest in Peace and he will never be forgotten. May God's Peace also be with you.”
- Walter Whitecotton
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“Frank was one of the most interesting person's that I was lucky enough to work with. He could make you laugh and cry all at the same time. We did have Ragbrai that we both loved and shared too. He will be so missed..........Rip to you Frank........I will be waiting for my mini donuts when I see you again!! Love Ya Suz!”
- Susan DeMuth
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 3:41 PM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. ”
- Nancy DeForge
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:32 PM
“My sincere condolences to the family on your loss. May you find some comfort from the words of Revelation 21:4. Soon death will be no more.”
- Y. McBeath
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:51 AM
“My dear grandfather, I hate that I didn’t talk to you as much as I knew we could. But all you would tell me that was silly. You gave me so much wisdom and love threw the phone and in your letter. I’ll always hold you dear. My daughters knew your voice and loved their great grandpa very much as well as my wife. I’ll miss you. We love you. Love Alex and Erica and your great grand daughters Lyla and Olivia Petska. ”
- Alex Petska
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 2:24 PM
“To Jan and family, my condolences in your loss. Frank was a very special man. He mentored me when I first began work at Compass Pointe and my respect for him grew as I got to know him both professionally and personally. He was a good friend and great counselor and support for so many. His work and his caring have changed so many lives for the better. We always stayed in touch through the years and I have always appreciated his friendship, advice, and sense of humor. He was kind, humble and caring in all ways. If there is anything that I can do to be of support, just call.”
- Jan Pingel
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 9:23 AM
“Dear Janet & Family,
Your Frank was a unique individual and I thoroughly enjoyed his smile and willingness to help! He always helped me at Rides whenever he possibly could!!! I really appreciated him! I will miss his smile and humor! My prayers are with you during your grieving and I wish you many Memories FULL of Grace and Laughter!!!
My peace to all of you!!! ”
- Bev Salton Dudziak
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jan and family. I am so sorry for your lost of such a wonderful, caring man. May God be with you.”
- Lynda Cornwell
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“Frank was a true friend. I first met Frank at NWIADTU/Compass Pointe in 1982. I learned a lot from Frank. He had a heart for the individuals he worked with and encouraged “many” in their road to recovery. I will miss your calls to ask how Carole and I were doing and my mini doughnut trips in the summer. 😪”
- Gary & Carole Caviness
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“The Harrington family extends our sympathy to Jan and the family members. We have fond memories of our visits with Frank. Love his humor and will always be grateful for his support and kindness extended to us.
Frank was truly a servant for others in need. We will miss you Frank. May the Lord grant you eternal rest. Sincerely...Mark Harrington”
- Fr. Mark harrington
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:57 AM
“Aunt Jan may the Lord wrap his arms around you and the family. Uncle Francis was a one of a kind. He will be greatly missed. My mother Barbara 'Petska' Power is devistated at being unable to be there with you to saying goodbye to her wonderful brother and friend. Prayers and Hugs."On Angels Wings!!"
- Brenda Power
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM
“Jan and family, so sorry to learn of Frank's passing. Gary worked with him at Spencer Foods and always admired how he changed his life and how he helped so many change theirs. I always enjoyed helping him at Exact Eye Care and hearing all his stories and sharing a laugh. Prayers and hugs to you and your family. Vicki (Rosa) Seversen”
- Gary and Vicki Seversen
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM
“Jan and family so sorry to hear about Frank he was one of a kind he will be missed a lot. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.”
- Val Woods
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:40 AM
“ I am so sorry for your family's loss. Frank was always full of smiles and great conversation along with stories; great memories to hold close.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:55 AM
“Jan and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Frank was a true lover of people. I enjoyed working with him at NWIADTU. So glad I got to give him a hard time at J&F Donuts, during the Fair. Lots of good yammering about Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Cornhuskers! I will miss him, as will anyone who has met him.”
- Bill Kersting
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:55 AM
“You all have our deepest sympathy. Frank was an inspiration to everyone that took the time to know him. He showed me that if you try, you can do anything. May God lay his loving hands on Jan and his entire family and his many friends as we all remember him. God bless you my friend. ”
- Monty & Monica Dammann
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4:56 PM
“Will miss Frank, our community lost a man who instrumental in helping many people myself included. Prayers and support for Jan and Family.”
- Michael C Watland & Mary
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM
“My deepest condolences to the Petska family. I love that guy and he helped me in so many ways. He will be missed. Love you Jan...”
- Tom Clyce
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM
“My sincere condolences to you! I worked with Frank at Compass Pointe and truly enjoyed his many tales! He was a great man and will be missed!”
- Patti Mohr
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to your family. Will be thinking of you..”
- Duane & Cindy Davis
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6:50 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss my brother and I used to spend the weekends with his kids'”
- Fern Falline
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:19 PM
“So very sorry to hear if Franks passing. He was there for so many and will be sorely missed!”
- Randy and Judy Vsn Dyke
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:49 PM
“What a good guy, Frank was ~ he helped so many people in his counselor capacity and will be remembered by so many. So sorry , Jan and family for your loss ✝️”
- Kay Wilson
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:49 PM
“Dear Jan and family, We are sorry for your lost of Frank. He has been a great friend, co-worker, and always there whenever anyone needed his help. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike , Mary & Dean Monroe”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:05 PM
“Frank will be missed, he was a man of true principle and character. He will not only be missed, but his memory will be cherished by many people. I am grateful to have gotten to get to know him. May God wrap his ever loving arms around your family in your time of need. ”
- Jody Halverson
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM
“Dear Jan and Family, our Deepest Sympathy in your loss of your Loved One! Keeping You in our Prayers!”
- Linda & Joe Schaller
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM
“so very sorry for your loss frandk was a good guy prayers to all”
- vicki jensen
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM
“Jan and family - So sorry to hear of Frank's passing! May God wrap his arms around you and lead you through this time. Prayers!”
- Becky and Mike Hatting
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM
“Jan, We were so saddened to hear about Frank’s passing. You are in our thoughts and our prayers and you will continue to be!”
- Jim & Pam Virelli
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:19 AM
“So very sorry for the loss of such an important man to so many.”
- Barry Sackett
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:19 AM
It was always a pleasure to help Frank at the drive up. He was so kind and always had a nice word for everyone. We will miss his smile.
Therese and Kathy”
- Farmers Bank Drive up Tellers
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:19 AM
“To the family of Frank deepest sympathies to you and your family. I worked with Frank in the Storm Lake area. I work for Juvenile Probation and was also the Family Treatment Court Coordinator. I always made sure he had a hot cup of coffee. He will always be remembered for his genuine care for all the people he worked with and for his great laughter and smile. Frank was one of a kind!!!! God Bless you all!!! ”
- Cindy Dreckman
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