Frank Joseph Vojtasek Sr., 90, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.
Frank was born on May 12, 1926, in Glenn Flora, Wisc. He was the son of Joseph and Katherine (Novak) Vojtasek, and during his childhood, the family moved to Ladysmith, Wisc. On Sept. 9, 1948, Frank married Theresa Charais at Our Lady of Sorrows in Ladysmith, Wisc.
In 1952, he and his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisc., and Frank worked for Safway Steel Products. In 1956, he was transferred to Rochester, to manage a manufacturing plant for Safway Steel Products, which he did until retirement Feb. 1, 1990.
Frank was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester where he was past president and member of the Parish Council. He served multiple roles at the church including ushering for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over sixty years and had served as treasurer. Frank was also a member of the Rochester City Council for four years and was president and member of the Fulton County Planning Commission. He was also a past officer for Little League baseball.
Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s numerous events. He had an extremely strong work ethic, which he instilled in his children and grandchildren. After retirement he often laid brick with his good friend John Figlio. Frank learned building construction from his father and helped to build his own home and homes of several of his children. OnSaturday mornings, Frank was a regular visitor at the Rochester Sale Barn. He also raised cows and gardened for many years. In his younger days, he was an avid bowler, spent time deer hunting with his sons, and umpired for Rochester Little League for numerous years.
Frank is survived by his loving wife Theresa of 68 years; son, Nicholas Vojtasek, Logansport; son, Michael (Niki) Vojtasek, Rochester; daughter, Dianne (Louis) Wood, Anderson; son, Frank (Karen) Vojtasek Jr.; daughter, Terri (Joe) Bowers, Rochester. He also has 11 grandchildren including: Courtney Vojtasek, Alexandria, Va.; Blake (Sarah) Vojtasek, Indianapolis; Aimee (Stuart) Prawatt, Indianapolis; Melinda Demos, Loveland, Ohio; Ted (Felisa) Demos, McCordsville; Olivia Vojtasek, Wallingford, Conn.; Ethan Vojtasek, Rochester; Nick (fiancé Laura) Bowers, Indianapolis; Amy Bowers, Rochester; Mitchell (Brita) Bowers, Plymouth; Marc (Heather) Bowers, Mendon, Michigan; and seven great grandchildren: Georgia Vojtasek, Lillian, Chloe, and Natalie Prawatt, Jaxsen Demos, Cole Demos, and Titus Bowers. His brother Bill Vojtasek, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and several nieces and nephews also survive him.
He is preceded in death by his parents and five siblings: Emily Kesan, Joe Vojtasek, Kate King, Mary Moser, and Ed Vojtasek.
Father Michael McKinney will officiate services.