RAMSEY, N.J. -- Frank Peter Corica, 86, of Ramsey, died Sept. 9. He was 86.
He was born June 28, 1930, in Renovo, Pa. He grew up in Asbury Park, NJ, graduated St. Rose High School in Belmar and earned a BA degree from St. Michael’s College.
He served in the 45th Infantry Division (the "Thunderbirds”) during the Korean War in 1953. He then served in the Vermont National Guard, until honorably discharged from the U.S. Army with the rank of sergeant in 1961.
He spent 32 years in the Pearl River school district, first as a fifth-grade teacher at Evans Park and Nauraushaun schools then as principal at Nauraushaun, Lincoln Avenue and Franklin Avenue schools and finally as assistant superintendent. He earned a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and did graduate work at Columbia University.
He also was involved in many community organizations, including the Jaycees and the Knights of Columbus and was an advocate for the hearing impaired.
He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine; sisters, Ann Magno, Mary Lesica and Rose Siciliano; son-in-law John Speckenbach; and granddaughter, Violet Goetschkes.
He is survived by his seven daughters, Cynthia (John) Rubino, Susan (David Kenny) Corica, Krista (Tim) Hanson, Noel Speckenbach, Seton Tomford, Kathryn (Peter) McCann and Sara (Keith) Goetschkes; sisters, Josephine Pasbrig and Polly Corica; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be a funeral Wednesday at St. Margaret’s R.C. Church, 115 W Central Ave., Pearl River, N.Y. Internment will be in Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, N.Y. Calling hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc., 100 Franklin Ave., Pearl River, N.Y.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.