Frank Petrusnek – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Dr. Frank Petrusnek, 91, of Tuscaloosa, passed away Sept. 16, 2012, at DCH Memorial Hospital. Dr. Petrusnek lived in Vestavia for most of his adult life. He was born in Plains, Pa. to Charles and Esther Petrusnek. He graduated from Plains High School in 1939. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He was stationed in Sheffield, Ala., Memphis, Tenn., and in the Central Pacific. He graduated in 1948 from Florence State Teachers College and in 1952 from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry.

Dr. Petrusnek was a member of the Staff of Lloyd Noland Hospital. While on staff, he served as secretary of the Medical Staff. He was also an Associate Professor of Dentistry at The University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He was a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon, Honorary Mathematics Association, Psi Omega, Dental Fraternity and the Pierre Fushard Society. He was active in the Wald Park and Toy Bowl baseball and basketball programs. He was a statistician for the Vestavia Hills High School basketball team in the 1970s. Other community involvement includes the Young Men’s Club of Sheffield, the Civilian Club of Birmingham, St. Appoiionia Sodality and St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Dr. Petrusnek is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Louise Allen Petrusnek; children, Chris and Anna Mcllwain and Frank and Lil Petrusnek; grandchildren, Christopher Mcllwain, Elizabeth and Andy Kennemer, John Petrusnek and Kate Petrusnek; sister, Margie Roach.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Petrusnek requests memorials be made in his name to St. Francis University Parish Building Fund, 811 5th Street, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401. Visitation will be held at 10:00 September 18th at Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia, Ala. with graveside services following at 11:30 at Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield, Ala.

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