Deacon Frank M. Bizal

Retired Permanent Deacon Frank M. Bizal died April 16 at the age of 92.

Deacon Bizal was ordained June 3, 1990, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and assigned to SS. Philip and James Parish, Exton, where he remained until his retirement in 2010.

Deacon Bizal was drafted into military service during the Korean War and was selected for Leadership School and Officer Candidate School, where he graduated as a commissioned officer. He served in the 11th Airborne Division of the United States Army for three years as a paratrooper and first lieutenant.

After his Army discharge, Deacon Bizal began studies at the University of Nebraska and graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering. He had a 33-year career with General Electric Co., which entailed relocating his family from Nebraska to Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Jersey and finally Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Mary Kay (nee Krejci) and four children, David, Stephen, Michael and Kathleen. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 11 siblings.

The funeral Mass was celebrated April 23 at SS. Philip and James Church, Exton. Father Joseph C. Dieckhaus was the celebrant. Interment was at St. Agnes Cemetery, West Chester.