Frank Kusnir, 86, of rural Kutztown passed peacefully at home on Sunday, February 2, 2014. He was cared for through a lengthy illness by his loving wife Virginia Mae (Ruppert) Kusnir. They were married July 26, 1953.
Frank was born in 1928 outside Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Andrew Kusnir and Anna (Stecock) Kusnir, and immigrated to the United States with his parents at age three. He was raised in and around the Reading area along with five siblings. He is survived by a brother John Kusnir, a sister Martha (Kusnir) Darling, and was predeceased by a brother Andrew Kusnir, and two sisters, Anna (Kusnir) Dziezic, and Rosemary (Kusnir) Salinger. There are also several nieces and nephews.
He is survived by three daughters: Debra A. Royles, West Lawn; Cynthia L., wife of Peter J. Mimmo, Meadowbrook, PA; and Sharon I., wife of Les McKannan, Marmora, NJ. There are also six grandchildren: Ginger Mimmo Rohlfing, Derek Mimmo, Cale McKannan, Amanda McKannan Bushong, Carley Ann Royles, and Melissa Royles Parsons. There are five great grandchildren: Carli Rae, Khloe, Alex, Peter, and Tucker Jay, born January 15, 2014 on his great grandfather’s birthday.
Frank was a pianist and leader of the Frank Kush Orchestra founded around 1948.
He later opened a formal wear rental and menswear business, the Tuxedo Junction, which he ran for 20+ years at 12th & Douglas Sts., Reading.
Frank enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He was an active member of the Daniel Boone Rod & Gun Club. Both Frank and his father-in-law, Ralph Ruppert, served as president of the club. While serving as club president, Frank was featured in The Reading Eagle proudly ‘burning’ the mortgage during his tenure.
In later years, Frank adopted carpentry and remodeling as a vocation. Frank loved cooking, watching sports, and developed a passion for golf.
He will be dearly missed by his wife and family.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Lutz Funeral Home, 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Berks County Conservancy; www.berks-conservancy.org at 25 N. 11th St., Reading, PA 19601. For online condolences please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com