Martha E. Frank

Martha E. Frank, 86, formerly of Austin, Pa., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.Born on Oct. 9, 1925 in Brockway, she was the daughter of James and Effie Fuhs Whelan. On Nov. 23, 1945 in Brockway, she married Vincent J. Frank, who died on April 8, 2003.Mrs. Frank graduated from high school in Brockway. She was a longtime resident of Austin and worked for many years at Roy’s General Store. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She had a strong faith and was loved by all who knew her.Surviving are three daughters, Patricia (Terry) Kolesar of Ypsilanti, Mich., Kathryn (Eric) Booth of Whitney Point, N.Y., and Mary Jane Frank of Austin; one son, John V. (Colleen) Frank of Austin; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sister Martha Mary Whelan of Philadelphia and Patricia Sacchetti of Glen Burnie, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, James Whelan; and two sisters, Emma Jean Frederoski and Margaret Whelan.A Mass of Christian Burial for Martha E. Frank will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, as celebrant. Friends are invited to Martha’s life celebration beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 with visitation at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Martha’s memory to the St. Augustine Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 271, Austin, PA 16720. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport. To share your fondest memories of Martha, visit