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Frank Safin, a longtime resident of Sherman Avenue, Sharon, passed away peacefully Friday evening, May 26, 2017, in Golden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Mannington, N.J. He was 87.
Mr. Safin was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Ritcheyville, a son of George and Elizabeth (Belko) Safin. He was raised in Ritcheyville and was a 1948 graduate of Bethlehem Center High School, Fredericktown.
Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.
Following his honorable discharge in December 1953, Frank relocated to Sharon, seeking employment in the booming steel manufacturing industry. After a lifelong successful career, he retired from the former Sawhill Tubular Division, Wheatland, where he performed many of the tasks associated with making tubing, including, overall quality inspector for the products.
Frank also operated a small groundskeeping business, which provided services to many professional buildings and doctor's offices in the area.
He was a longtime member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sharon.
Frank was a member of VFW Post 5286, Farrell, and VFW Post 1338 and American Legion Post 299, both of Sharon.
He enjoyed golfing and singing, particularly the hymns in church and patriotic songs in any forum. He loved spending time with his family at picnics and while having barbecues in his backyard.
His wife, the former Lorraine L. Mattis, whom he married Nov. 13, 1954, in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Brownsville, passed away Jan. 10, 2013.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria J. Hunt, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Francis J. Safin and his wife, Julie, of Salem, N.J.; and three grandchildren, Kate and Michael Safin and Ashley Hunt.
In addition to his wife, Frank was preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson, Lawrence Francis Sample.

Frank, 87, of Sharon.
Calling hours: None Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday (6-5-17) in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 370 Spruce Ave., Sharon, with the Rev. Mathew J. Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage. Military honors will be rendered following the committal service.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on May 30, 2017
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