Frank C. Branda – Shelburne

Frank C. Branda, 95, passed away peacefully, after a long illness, on Jan. 20, 2013 in Starr Farm Nursing Center, just five weeks following the death of Loretta, his wife of 73 years. During that nearly three-quarters of a century, they were never apart for very long and now they are together forever. Frank was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 10, 1917, the son of Jacob and Pauline Litewska Branda. He attended local schools and married Loretta Zientek on Sept. 2, 1939. He worked various positions for International Harvester Co., initially in manufacturing and later in management. Following his retirement in 1975, he and Loretta moved to Florida where they spent 33 happy years near their relatives. As Frank’s health declined, they moved to Shelburne to be closer to family. Frank was an active volunteer with the Knights of Columbus in the Father Felix Ullrich Council, New Port Richey, where he was a Past Grand Knight and a Faithful Navigator. In 1986, Frank and Loretta were awarded Family of the Year by the Council. Frank was valued by his relatives and friends for his easy-going nature and his gentle spirit. He enjoyed his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his son, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Pat, of Shelburne; and grandsons, Steven (Catherine) of California, John (Kelly) of Massachusetts, and Mark (Lori) of Maine. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and seven siblings. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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