RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Kasprowicz, 82, second president of what became the Canadarago Snowtoppers’ snowmobiler club, passed away on Saturday morning, April 27, 2019, at Foltsbrook Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Herkimer.
He was born on the family farm in South Columbia on Nov. 10, 1936, son of the late Frank and Ida Siedletska Kasprowicz.
Mr. Kasprowicz was the snowmobile club’s second president and worked to incorporate it as the Canadarago Snowtoppers. He also was an Agway committeeman and member of the Polka League of the Mohawk Valley.
Frank was a lifelong member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church here, where he at one time served as a trustee. He won several awards for dairy production and with his wife Barbara’s hard work, together they earned the Dairy of Distinction award.
Frank graduated from Richfield Springs High School with the Class of 1955. He married the former Barbara Robertson on Jan. 29, 1966.
Frank took over the family farm in 1957 and operated it until 1986 when they moved to the village of Richfield Springs where he drove school bus for 20 years. Along with that he also had a one-man trucking business, delivering saw dust to farmers.
He bought, remodeled and sold some houses that included one he built from the ground up. For a number of years he was the caretaker of Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Richfield Springs. Along with his wife Barbara they owned and operated the Richfield Car Wash.
To all who knew him, they will never forget a caring, honest and hardworking man. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point, yet you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be deeply missed.
Besides his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara, he is survived by a son, Gregory and his wife, Gloria, of Utica; daughter, Lisa and her husband, Barry Williams of Cassville; stepchildren, James Truax and his wife, Merleen of Centerville, Ind., Sandra Truax of Leonardsville, Kelly and Jeff Stone of Schuyler Lake, Terry and Matt Ward of East Herkimer; one brother, Anthony Kasprowicz and his wife, Kathy; a sister, Genny Smith of Richfield Springs; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen and her husband, Anthony Polinski; and a brother-in-law, Edward Smith.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, May 3, at Saint Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. The Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Richfield Springs.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.