Franklin D. Slater

Franklin D. Slater, resident of West Scranton, died Friday night in Geisinger Community Medical Center.  His wife of 57 years is the former Connie Lou Markiewicz.

Born in Scranton in 1933, he was the son of the late Franklin and Frances Kenner Slater.  He was a graduate of West Scranton High School, Lackawanna Business College and Johnson Bible School. As a devoted member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church, he served as an Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Missionary Committee Member, and the B.Y.F. Advisor.  During his career he was employed by Scranton Plastics/Poly-Hi/Menasha for over 40 years and Jackson Hewitt tax service, Dunmore for 15 years. 

Franklin loved his family, church, church family, and prayer partners. He was a die-hard West Scranton Football fan, Boston Red Sox fan and also enjoyed gardening and joking around. 

Surviving are a daughter Sandra Carter and partner Timothy Vancosky of Scranton; sister Marlene Evans of South Abington Twp.; brother Robert Slater of Scranton; foster child John Woloscyn; son-in-law James Carter of Dunmore; grandchildren: Adrianna Carey and husband Adams Berzins, Nathan David Slater-Carter, Mericia Mills, and John Woloscyn and wife Susan; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by infant sons Franklin David Slater and David Louis Slater; daughter Mindy Lou Slater; brothers Russell, Kenneth, Raymond, and John Slater; Sisters Dorothy Monahan and Shirley Rabecs. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10am in the Jackson Street Baptist Church 1206 Jackson St. Scranton with services by his Rev. Michael Sunseri.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7pm at the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to: The Deacons Fund or Missionary Fund of Jackson Street Baptist Church 1206 Jackson St. Scranton, PA 18504

Anyone planning on attending the funeral service is asked to go directly to the church. 

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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director.

One Comment

  1. Jane and Cy Douaihy

    We would like to express our sympathy on the passing of Frank. He was our friend, and a friend to all he met. He was so very kind and helpful to me when I started work at Poly-Hi,and always with a quick wit and a ready laugh. He will be missed and remembered well, by all he had any dealings with in all his areas of interest. I am only sorry we lost track of each other. We lost our son Matthew two and a half years and funeral homes are still difficult for me,especially. I know you will understand since you lost a lovely daughter. It is something I guess you learn to live with, but never goes away. Condolences to the entire Slater family. Jane and Cy,and Doug Douaihy

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