February 8, 1964 - May 21, 2020
Integrity. Honor. Truth. Service to others. Patriotism. Love of Christ. These simple phrases describe not such a simple man, but each term exemplifies what he stood for.
Frank once said, “Life is a short journey for some and a very long journey for others, but sadly we must go and rest within our spiritual slumber.. just know we all must go to our resting place within the end”, and Frank’s journey was one that was far too short. Frank was born on February 8, 1964 to Thomas Woetko and Marie Woetko who preceded him in death. He was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and passed away at his home on May 21, 2020 after an extended illness.
Frank leaves behind his beloved wife of 26 years, Tina. He also leaves behind his four children, Anthony Woetko, Frank Woetko Jr., Elexis Barlow and Morgan Woetko. He also leaves behind his cherished granddaughter, Emilia Mae Barlow who he loved with all his heart. Frank also loved and cherished his siblings, Tommy Woetko, Robert Woetko and June (Woetko) Dahlquist; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Frank did many things in his life. He was a cook at a naval base, a Eucharistic minister, a bail bondsmen and private investigator, a member of the Marine Police in Belford, New Jersey. He was a Chaplin First Aid Unit in New Jersey, and a volunteer for the fire house in Barnegat, New Jersey. There were many places that Frank called home including New Jersey, West Virginia and Ohio, but the most important places that he called with that term was his family, his love for service and, most importantly, his love for Christ.
Frank was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #711. He was also a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly #838.
Charity was what Frank lived for, literally being willing to give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. A gun enthusiast, he acquired quite a collection that he treasured showing to those around him. Frank also started Toys for Tots in New Jersey and continued his venture into West Virginia serving many families and many children, something he derived great joy from.
He will be missed on several levels, but his love can carry on.
Due to the current pandemic there will be no services held at this time. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Frank would be so pleased to have you give donations to your charity of choice. Nothing would make his heart more glad than to know that his passing helped others.