Frank R. Slivocka
Published in Star-Ledger
on August 20, 2010
Frank R. Slivocka,
86, died peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010 in the Compassionate Care
Hospice, Jersey City, N.J.
Funeral services will be held at the George J. Koch Funeral Home, 691
Avenue C., Bayonne, N.J. on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Visiting hours are on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment with Marine Corps honors are at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23,
at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery,
Arrangments are by the George J. Koch Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C., Bayonne,
N.J., (201) 436-2645.
Born in Bayonne, N.J., Frank was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated
from St. Joseph Parochial School in June 1937 and from Bayonne High School
in June 1941.
Frank excelled in varsity basketball and baseball under the late Coach
Billy Lee, who was his mentor. He graduated from the University of Miami,
Coral Gables, Fla., in June 1951 with a bachelor's degree in education
and was a member pf Sigma Pi Fraternity. He played varsity baseball at
Mr. Slivocka had a brief trial with the Pittsburgh Pirates farm clubs
with Hornell Class "D" in the Pony League in 1943, and also
Oil City, Pa., Class "C" ball in 1946.
During World War II, Frank served as a combat Marine with the Second Marine
Division in 1944 and 1945 in the Southwest Pacific and received the Asiatic-Pacific
Campaign Medal along with the Victory Medal, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat
Action Ribbon, and the State of New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.
In 1968, Mr. Slivocka carried a proclamation from the Bayonne city fathers
and the citizens of Bayonne to the mayor of Wellington and the people
of New Zealand. This proclamation was inserted into the Congressional
Record by Congressman Cornelius E. Gallagher. The Second Marine Division
was stationed in New Zealand during World War II.
Mr. Slivocka served as a policeman with the Bayonne Police Department
from 1955 to 1964. He then worked with the Bayonne Board of Education
as a physical education teacher at the Samuel A. Roberson Elementary School
from Sept. 1, 1964 until he retired on Jan. 1, 1986. He also coached the
freshman football team at Bayonne High School in 1966. Frank was a lifetime
member of the Second Marine Division Association, serving as national
president from 1980 to 1981, and was a trustee for five years with the
Memorial Scholarship Fund.
He was also a charter member of the Bayonne Detachment of the Marine Corps
League, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Joyce Herbert Post 226,
and also the F.A. Mackenzie Post 165. Mr. Slivocka was an honorary life
member of the Knights of Columbus Council 371 and a lifelong parishioner
of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Bayonne.
Frank is survived by his devoted niece, Mary Ann and her husband, Edward
Strugala, of Manchester, N.J.; a nephew, Michael Herits of Spring Lake,
N.J., and many other nieces and nephews, and his dear friend, Frances
Sofranko, and her family, Barbara and Andrew Sofranko of Bayonne.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made
to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 330 Ninth St., Jersey City, N.J. 07302.