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Frances Rykala

Rykala Francene


2 - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hindman Funeral Home (Frankstown)

Funeral Service

11 a.m.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Rykala, Frances L., 86 Franklin Boro.  Born September 12, 1928 in Johnstown.  Daughter of the late Emil and Stella (Peurach) Frankosky.  Preceded in death by brothers Robert and Bernard, brother in law, Albert Nemeth and sister in law Ann Frankosky.  Survived by husband  of nearly 57 years, Walter E. and these children; David “Moose” and wife Tammy (Chappell), Karen married to William Yurkovich, and Barbara married to Joseph Verno all of Johnstown.  Also survived by grandchildren Stephanie Oakes and her companion Barry Maluchnik, Carla Yurkovich and her companion Steve Krenisky, David Rykala and his companion Samantha Swab,Scott Rykala, Jessica Verno and Anthony Verno and his companion Sammi Britton.  Great grandchildren Lilly and Landon Oakes.  Sister of Dorothy Nemeth and sister in law of Patricia Frankosky.  Former employee of the Harris-Boyer Bakery and Ribblett Bus Lines.  Member of Ss Gregory and Barnabas Catholic Church. Member of the Auxiliary to Franklin Borough Fire Department, where she was longtime president, and spent countless Saturday mornings on the “Sub Crew”, raising money for the fire department. Cambria County Firemen’s’ Ladies Auxiliary.  Longtime member of TOPS#44, where she held nearly every office of the chapter.  In 2014, Fran was named Pennsylvania TOPS Queen and was honored in Scranton for her accomplishments. Later that year, she was honored at the national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, taking her first airplane trip.  Frequently attended Curves for Women in Westmont.  Fran loved her family and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And the feeling was sincerely mutual. Known as “Aunt Fran” by many, she was always the life of the party.  If you heard laughter, it was usually the result of “Aunt Fran’s” sense of humor and wit. She never went anywhere without a purse full of jokes.  She enjoyed duckpin bowling, competing in a league for many years. Fran was a free spirit, celebrating her 80th birthday with her first trip to the beach with her daughters and granddaughters, then a motorcycle ride with her son and members of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club. Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. 1521 Frankstown Rd.  Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ss Gregory and Barnabas Church, Daisytown, Rev. Robert L. Ruston, officiating.  Committal Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Franklin Borough Volunteer Fire Department or Ss Gregory and Barnabas Catholic Church. Arrangements in charge of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc “Exclusive Provider of Veterans & Family Memorial Care”.  Condolences may be made at

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