Francis Matthew (Frank) Plizga, age 77 passed away
on April 19, 2022. Born on October 15, 1944, he was the son of the
late Miedy and Rose Donikowski Plizga of Erie.
Frank Attended St Hedwig Elementary School and
Cathedral Prep, graduating in 1962. He then attended
Alliance College, earning a degree in toolmaking and
design. Upon graduation, he became an apprentice at
Swanson Erie Corp., and worked there until ill health led to
his retirement. He built automatic assembly machines, and
trained customers in their operation and maintenance
throughout the U.S., Mexico, South America and Europe. It
was his pleasure to have worked with two generations of the
Swanson family, Douglas and Sven.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death
by his sons Matthew Francis and Mark Stephen. His greatest
sorrow was having to bury his children - he felt that was
something that no parent should have to endure.
Frank is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan Grisier
Plizga, his daughter Michele Wolny, her husband Marek, and
their children Caitlyn (Brian) Catalfamo and Nicholas Wolny
of Woonsocket, RI; his daughter-in-law Stacey Plizga and
her son Matthew Francis of Erie, and his sister Judith Pentz
of North East.
At Frank's request, there will be no visitation and burial
will be private. He wishes to say thanks to all his friends, and
he'll see them later!
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