PHILADELPHIA — Francis S. Gulba, 91, of Philadelphia, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 28, 2016, at St. Joseph's Manor, Meadowbrook, following a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Shamokin, March 6, 1925, a son of the late Stanley and Mary (Gallick) Gulba.
He was a 1943 graduate of Shamokin High School.
Frank served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After the war, he continued serving in the military, participating in the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests, and subsequently worked in the personnel office of the 4th Naval District at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards. Following this position, he went to work as a dedicated employee at the Frankford Arsenal, where he retired in January 1980, as chief in the recruitment and placement division.
He was the beloved husband of the late Xenia (Mausley) Gulba.
Frank was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include a son, Edward Gulba, of Neptune, New Jersey; a daughter, Denise McCaffery and her husband, Kevin, of Cape May, New Jersey; two grandsons, Sean and Brett McCaffery; a sister, Eleanor Donahue, of Mississippi; and a brother, Bill Zimmerman, of Shamokin.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Francis, in 1989; and three brothers, Charles, Leonard and Joseph.
GULBA — Francis S. Gulba, 91, of Philadelphia. Friends and relatives are invited to a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Slabinski Funeral Home, 2614 Orthodox St., Philadelphia. A viewing will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Stephen A. Chowka Funeral Home, 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Coal Township. Contributions may be made in Frank's memory to the Gulba Memorial Cemetery Fund, c/o Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, 303 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin 17872.