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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Frank Eric Ganther
May 23, 1930 - March 24, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Viewing - Monday, April 3, 2023, 9:30 to 10:20 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Abington
Funeral Service - Monday, April 3, 2023, 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Abington


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, PA 19001 - 215-659-2642 - Map
Family Florist - Domenic Graziano Flowers & Gifts - 518 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974 - 215-675-2271 - Map
Donation - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, PA 19001 - 215-659-2642 - Map
Donation - Glioblastoma Foundation - P.O.Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715 - 919-402-1775 - Map

Frank Eric Ganther presently of Warrington PA (formerly of Willow Grove, PA and Brigantine, NJ) passed on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Bristol House Memory Care. He was 92 years old. Frank was born May 23, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Rudolph Evan Ganther and the late Bess Ganther (nee - Dumbau). He is the beloved husband of 67 years of the late sweet Anne (Annie) L. Ganther (nee Hunger); father of the late Carol Lusignea and her husband Bill, Barbara Frey, Frank C. Ganther, and Jean Kromer and her husband Joe; grandfather of Lauren Whiteside, Lindsay Kiracofe and her husband Phil, Brian Lusignea and his wife Heather, Alicia Reed and her husband Kurtis, Erica Walsh and her husband Pete, Frank J. Ganther and his wife Ashley, Evan Frey, Kelsey Kromer, Joey Kromer, and Erik Kromer; great grandfather of Taylor and Lukas Whiteside, Brianna and Xavier Reed, Charles Walsh, William Lusignea, and Alexandar Kiracofe; brother of Kay Knodt, the late Charles Ganther, the late Bud Ganther, the late Helen Wilson, and the late Anna Clarke. He is also survived by many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and longtime friends

Frank attended Olney High School where he met Anne and subsequently married her on May 24, 1952. While at Olney Frank played both Baseball and Football and continued in this love of sports by coaching and umpiring. Shortly after his discharge from the US Army, where he served honorably during the Korean War, they moved to Willow Grove, PA and raised their family there for 29 years. Frank worked for the Budd Company for 35 years as a tool and die maker. While raising a family, Frank continued his involvement in all family sporting events. After Frank’s retirement they became residents of Brigantine, NJ where he and Anne loved to welcome ALL family and friends for 33 years.

Frank was a proud member of the Ukrainian American String Band for 25 years and was inducted in the Mummer Hall of Fame. He was a self-taught musician of harmonica, banjo, saxophone, and clarinet. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed planting in his green island at the shore and was a member of the Brigantine Garden Club, He was extremely creative and was an avid woodworker, carver, recycler, painter, Phillies fan. He loved his back porch and to bicycle around Brigantine.  He and Annie worked at the Trump Casino in A.C. and was a golfer and employee of the Brigantine Golf Club. He was also a talented skier and introduced all four of his children to the sport. Frank loved attending and cheering them on with his unique whistle at all his children, grandchildren, and close friends childrens' sporting events and activities.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW Post, American Legion, and Moose Lodge along with avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior and Paralyzed Veterans Groups.

Frank was admired and loved for his story telling especially of his war buddies and family and close friends who meant the world to him, and his sincere interest in the lives of others. After the death of his beloved wife Annie, Frank remained very close to his entire family in a loving and fatherly manner.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Monday, April 3, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:20 A.M. and funeral service at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, PA 19001.

There was a private graveside service with military honors rendered by the United States Army at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehanna Road, Roslyn, PA 19001 following the services at church.

Religious services were conducted by The Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, PA 19001 or in memory of his sweet daughter Carol to the Glioblastoma Foundation, P.O. Box 62066, Durham, NC 27715.

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