2017-02-09 / Obituaries

Diane Frankovich


Diane Frankovich Diane Frankovich Diane Kay Frankovich, 57, of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017, in Petoskey, surrounded by family.

She was born August 25, 1959, to Lawrence and Rosemary (nee Maciag) Opalka in Sault Ste. Marie.

Ms. Frankovich grew up in Goetzville. She attended DeTour High School, where she was graduated in 1977. She was married in 1979, and she continued to live in Goetzville.

She worked at Drummond Island Resort for many years, as well as at Hiawatha Wreath for eight years, until the business closed. She continued to make Christmas wreaths for private sales following the company’s dissolution. She was employed at Walmart in Sault Ste. Marie for five years. She then retired because of her declining health, a result of her lifelong illness with diabetes.

Ms. Frankovich was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Goetzville and the Raber Area Sportsmen’s Club.

She was known for her sarcastic wit and inexhaustible supply of humorous remarks. She loved catching up with friends and relatives, looking forward to any social event where she could exchange stories and news. Ms. Frankovich’s other interests included watching NASCAR, canning, cooking and baking, planting flowers, watching game shows, and playing cards. She enjoyed her favorite cat, Scootie, and she was an avid collector of cat figurines. She was especially proud of and loved to spend time with her daughter, Jamie, and grandson Jake. Throughout her illness with diabetes, she became acquainted with many caretakers and patients.

She is survived by a daughter, Jamie Rose Frankovich of Sault Ste. Marie; a grandson, Jake Charles Newell; her mother, Rosemary Opalka of Goetzville; three brothers, Paul Opalka, Timothy Opalka, and Duane Opalka, all of Goetzville; two sisters, Amy and David DeVine of Dallas, Texas, and Jean Opalka of Sault Ste. Marie, and two nieces, Tessa Opalka and Tasha Opalka.

She was preceded in death by infant twins, Scott Vernon and Jenny Kay Frankovich, and her father, Lawrence Opalka.

Services will be Thursday, February 9, at 1 p.m. at R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford. Visitation will be from noon to time of the service.

Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Cemetery in Goetzville.

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