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Frank R. Sudak, 84, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016. Born on November 29,1931 in Peabody, MA to the late Sawa and Caroline Olga (Romanowicz) Sudak, he was the widower of Janet E. (Becker) Sudak who passed away May 15, 1995. Frank’s career included teaching, coaching, assistant principal at Mechanicsburg Middle School and 15 years as Big Spring High School principal. His students remember him as a tough, but a fair teacher and principal whose positive influences are fondly remembered. Dedicated to his community, Frank served 16 years on Mechanicsburg Borough Council. Life memberships included: West Shore Elks # 2257; PSEA and the Mechanicsburg Club where he was a member since 1973 and served on the board for 28 years. He was also a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Frank was an avid hunter and sports fan. He graduated from St. Mary’s Boys High School in 1949 in MA where he scored the first touchdown for the school, which was a 40-yard touchdown on a block and punt play. During his college years at Mansfield University (class of 1954), he was co-captain of the football team and was selected for the All State Teacher Conference team. Frank was the first head football coach at Big Spring High School and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. A former owner of Toboyne Oaks Lodge in Perry County, he hosted many memorable hunting trips for family and friends.
Frank is survived by his daughter, Elaine Preston, wife of Ed Preston and his sons, Bob Sudak, husband of Susan Sudak and Steve Sudak, husband of Kathy Sudak, all of Mechanicsburg. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Grant Preston, Alex Sudak, Marisa Preston, Shannon Sudak and Rachel Sudak and two greatgrandchildren, Jack and Lucy Preston. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Sudak. Frank was loved and will be greatly missed by all.
A viewing will be held from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM prior to a Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the Malpezzi Funeral Home, 8 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 with Rev. Thomas J. Rozman officiating. Interment will be in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Spring Bulldog Foundation in honor of Frank Sudak, P.O. Box 351, Newville, PA 17241. On-line condolences may be made to www.hollingerfuneralhome.com . Any questions regarding the obit and services may be made to Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, C/O Eric L. Hollinger, Mt. Holly Springs, PA (717-486-3433).
The Sudak Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. We send our sincerest condolences and sympathy to all of the Sudak family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very trying time. All of us have known Frank throughout his career and loved this man for his many Great qualities. As a friend, teacher, coach and a Super man he has touched our lives in many different ways. The memories we have of him will be with us forever and will cherish them throughout our lives. Our "FRIEND", We love you and thank you for what you were and what you meant to our "Family"!! R.I.P. Our "FRIEND"!! We love you and God bless, The Sassaman's
Sassaman Family Nov 5 2016 12:00 AM
Elaine & Bobby, I was in your Dads History class around 1957..He approached me to babysit you two little ones while Janet taught Piano in your home on Saturday AM's He was a much dedicated teacher & did many good things at BSHS, while in Newville. I also kept you on evenings , while he was coaching the BS football games. Sorry I didn't realize your Mom had passed, nor did I know the little brother. Please accept our condolences, and prayers during this time of sorrow. Hope to meet you, and have some pictures I had taken. Sincerely, Diane & Don.
Diane & Don Jumper Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM
All our love Sudak family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. David and Linda Miller
David and Linda Miller Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We pray that the Lord will grant you the peace and comfort that will be needed at this most difficult time. Rich and family
Richard Paull & family Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM
I taught art at Big Spring Senior High when Frank was the principal. In my experience, he always had the teachers' backs. Since I resided in the Borough of Mechanicsburg during my brief tenure at Big Spring, we occasionally rode together to Newville, and I got to know Frank well. He was good man, straight shooter, and a positive role model for rookie teachers. I extend my sincere condolences to the Sudak family.
Scott Campbell Nov 3 2016 12:00 AM
Frank was a fine Christian gentleman, a good hunter, and a trusted friend. He will not be forgotten soon. I am very sorry to learn of the loss to the family. Giff, President of Cumberland Valley Christian Radio, WPFG
Giff Briner Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM
I was the Assistant Superintendent for Business in the Big Spring School District during many of the years that Frank was Senior High Principal. He was an excellent high school Principal. maybe fear a little by some rambunctious, "push the limit" teenagers who were hell-bent on just having a good time. But, he was fair and respected in his handling of discipline. As a district-level administrator, we were confident in his ability to run a good school. Outside the school setting his many other traits were evident as well as his dedication to his community. Big Spring was fortunate to have Frank as a leader and his designation of contributions to the Big Spring Bulldog Foundation, in lieu of flowers, displays his fondness in return.
Dr. M. Kenneth Houser Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM
To the Sudak Family: You all have my deepest sympathy! You can be very proud of all the accomplishments that your dad had. He was a very well respected teacher at Mechanicsburg, and in our community. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Again, My deepest sympathy! Sandy Shanabrook Negley
Sandy Shanabrook Negley Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM
My sincerest condolences to the family of a great man ~ I pray you all find peace knowing the positive impact he had on so many young lives who now strive to live in his excellence ~ God Bless
Susan Drawbaugh Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM
To the children and families of Frank Sudak, I was at student at then known Newville High School, now Big Spring High School, when your father was there. He was a teacher that I always remembered and admired. Students followed his rules otherwise you knew there would be consequences. Maybe that is what I admired most about him especially all these years later. Also, I was your babysitter often times when your parents would get together with others on a Saturday evening. If I remember, there were only two of you then. You were just toddlers. I have fond memories of your father and he was a teachers I will always remember. I am sure he was a great influence in your lives. Cherish your memories and my God comfort you at this time.
Rosalie (Marshall) Lehman (Class of 1956) Nov 2 2016 12:00 AM