Vera Kaszuba
B: 1937-04-16
D: 2020-03-23
View Details
Kaszuba, Vera
Florence Eltora
B: 1926-10-30
D: 2020-03-10
View Details
Eltora, Florence
Paul Tigyer
B: 1925-10-27
D: 2020-03-02
View Details
Tigyer, Paul
Louise Marzani
B: 1936-05-22
D: 2020-02-13
View Details
Marzani, Louise
Vanda Palfrey
B: 1922-05-29
D: 2020-02-11
View Details
Palfrey, Vanda
Clifford Johnson
D: 2020-01-18
View Details
Johnson, Clifford
John Scozzaro
B: 1928-09-28
D: 2020-01-17
View Details
Scozzaro, John
Yole Ceccarelli
B: 1923-10-31
D: 2020-01-06
View Details
Ceccarelli, Yole
Mary Jane Grande
B: 1940-07-12
D: 2019-12-22
View Details
Grande, Mary Jane
Marcus Santarelli
B: 1988-11-01
D: 2019-12-17
View Details
Santarelli, Marcus
Richard Pazzalia
B: 1936-06-12
D: 2019-12-02
View Details
Pazzalia, Richard
Betty Jane Vagenas
B: 1938-09-09
D: 2019-11-25
View Details
Vagenas, Betty Jane
Thomas Fiorelli
B: 1950-09-25
D: 2019-11-15
View Details
Fiorelli, Thomas
Elisa Betti
B: 1913-12-21
D: 2019-10-21
View Details
Betti, Elisa
Arlene Miller
B: 1943-08-03
D: 2019-10-04
View Details
Miller, Arlene
Anita Daiute
B: 1928-08-16
D: 2019-09-30
View Details
Daiute, Anita
Francis Steindel
D: 2019-09-27
View Details
Steindel, Francis
Helen Jackson
B: 1917-07-20
D: 2019-09-21
View Details
Jackson, Helen
Lillian Banicky
B: 1935-03-02
D: 2019-09-19
View Details
Banicky, Lillian
Robert Ferretti
B: 1942-11-26
D: 2019-09-03
View Details
Ferretti, Robert
Stephen Costelnick
B: 1939-12-11
D: 2019-08-31
View Details
Costelnick, Stephen


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1003 Church Street
Jessup, PA 18434
Phone: (570) 489-1152
Frank Lesnefsky

Frank Joseph Lesnefsky III

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Frank Lesnefsky, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Frank Lesnefsky

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.


Frank Joseph Lesnefsky III, 61, of Peckville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday after a hard-fought, nearly two-year battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his dedicated wife of 32 years, the former Susan Ann Wilkes. The couple would have celebrated their 33rd anniversary June 7.
Born in Peckville, to Frank and Florence Lesnefsky, of Peckville, he graduated from Valley View High School in 1975. Frank received associate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, but cars were his true passion.
He spent nearly 40 years working side-by-side with his beloved brothers, Jerry and David, at their family garage, Lesnefsky’s Service Center, in Eynon. With grizzled hands caked with dirt and oil stains, Frank loved nothing more than toiling away under cars, taking pride in solving complicated mechanical issues. A master mechanic, his customers cherished him for his perfectionism and attention to detail. Frank continued working at his garage for more than a year after his diagnosis. He didn’t have to go to work day in and day out, but his love for his brothers, his customers and his work eclipsed the side effects of his aggressive treatment.
He and his brothers began working on cars in their parents’ yard as teenagers, eventually opening their own garage in 1980. Inseparable, Frank’s brothers supported him every step of the way.
Although many would view a stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis as a death sentence, Frank only viewed it with optimism. He set his mind to beating the disease, spending more than 1,400 hours receiving chemotherapy. When his family reassured him he would beat his cancer against all odds, he simply replied, “I have to.”
Even when chemotherapy stopped working, Frank viewed it as a positive. He could join a clinical trial. He could be cured. He enrolled in a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, certain he would beat it. The treatment ravaged his joints, but he persevered, telling his wife he would see it through to the end when she urged him to leave the trial. While Frank wasn’t cured, his family hopes his contribution to pancreatic cancer research will spare other families from experiencing the same pain.
Frank never let cancer slow him down. Described by his wife as “a man’s man,” he lived life as if he were never diagnosed. Besides cars, Frank adored fishing. He fished at least once a week, competing regularly in fishing tournaments across the Northeastern United States as a member of the Leggett’s Creek Bassmasters. He often spent summer afternoons fishing on his bass boat with his son, and the two never missed a first day of trout season together.
When he wasn’t fishing, Frank was either watching fishing shows on TV, reading fishing magazines, pouring his own plastic lures or working on his boat in his garage, re-tying lines and reorganizing lures.
A talented artist regardless of the medium, Frank’s house is filled with his paintings. Whether it was painting snow-covered mountain landscapes or weaving intricate Christmas wreaths for his friends and family, Frank accomplished any artistic feat that he set his mind to.
Frank also loved motorcycles, spending much of his life riding dirt bikes, notably a Kawasaki KX250. Eventually transitioning from trails to roads, he enjoyed riding his Suzuki GSX-R750 sport bike, often going to motorcycle meets to chat with other riders.
In addition to his wife and parents, Frank is survived by his son, Frank Wilkes Lesnefsky, of Peckville; his brothers, Jerry Lesnefsky and wife, Beverly, of Eynon; David Lesnefsky and wife, Donna, of Peckville; his brothers-in-law, Anthony Wilkes and wife, Ann Marie, of Peckville; and Tom Wilkes and wife, Laurene, of Archbald; nieces and nephews, Tiffany, Christopher and David Lesnefsky; Danielle, Joshua, Gabrielle, Arielle, Jonathan, Hannah, Ashley and Ryan Wilkes; great-aunt, Joan Kelley; great-nephews and a great-niece.
He is also survived by his many cousins and lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Helen Lesnefsky; and Floyd and Cecelia Taylor; and several aunts and uncles.
His family would like to thank Dr. Curtis Chong and staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering; Dr. Jeffrey Gryn and staff at Hematology and Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Dr. Meghan Haggerty and staff at Northeast Radiology and Oncology Centers; Maria Nealon and Tammy White from Rite Aid Pharmacy, in Eynon; and Maria Davis and Joan Stedenfeld from Home Health Care Professionals & Hospice.
The Lesnefsky family would also like to thank all of our friends, relatives, neighbors, members of our church family and the many customers from Lesnefsky’s Service Center who constantly prayed for Frank. Special thanks to the Revs. Terry Drost, Ernest Drost, Tyler Drost, Nestor Soto, Jack Munley and Andy Kurovsky for their spiritual support during this difficult time. Frank’s family would especially like to thank all of the employees of Valley View School District who generously sent gift cards and donated their sick days to Frank’s wife, allowing her to continue receiving paychecks after she ran out of sick and personal days while caring for her husband. The family would also like to thank his son’s friends and coworkers at The Times-Tribune for their constant support and for allowing Frank’s son to take time off of work to care for his father.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Peckville Assembly of God, 3364 Business Route 6, Blakely, with the Rev. Terry Drost officiating. Interment will follow at St. Adalbert’s Polish National Catholic Cemetery in Dickson City.
Friends and family may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup.
Donations may be sent to Peckville Assembly of God, 3364 Business Route 6, Blakely, PA 18447; Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411; or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at
To leave an online condolence, visit
While the disease may have prematurely stolen Frank from his loving family and friends, he beat cancer. He lived life to the fullest while facing staggering odds against him. An uphill battle against a merciless disease, Frank viewed it as a walk in the park. He still rode his motorcycle. He fished every weekend, competing in regular tournaments. He worked daily, forcing his loving wife to pack him lunches because he would otherwise skip meals to finish his work. Cancer snatched his physical body, but it didn’t steal his spirit. Truly, the Bible verse, Isaiah 30:15, describes Frank: “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
We love you, Frank.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Frank Joseph Lesnefsky III, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Peckville Assembly of God
    3364 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
    Blakely, PA 18447
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 11:00am
    Peckville Assembly of God
    3364 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
    Blakely, PA 18447
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Adalbert Polish National Catholic Cemetery
    DICKSON CITY, PA 18519
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Frank here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Frank
0 trees have been planted in memory of Frank Joseph Lesnefsky III

Kevin Joyce

Posted at 06:46pm
To Jerry, David, and all members of the Lesnefsky family. Eileen and I would like to send our heart felt condolences to all of you on the loss of Frank. He was a special person and his loss will be felt by many. Rest in Peace Frank. (Kevin and Eileen Joyce)


Posted at 06:42pm
May the family of Frank Joseph Lesnefsky please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29.

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each