Frank Surrena

Frank R. Surrena

Tuesday, October 24th, 1944 - Monday, April 1st, 2019
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Obituary

Frank R. Surrena, 74, of Millcreek, passed away peacefully Monday April 1, 2019 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Erie on October 24, 1944 a son of Katherine "Kay" Gallo Surrena Sornberger and the late Robert G. Surrena.

Frank graduated from Academy High School in 1962 and went on to be stationed in Iran while serving in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Gannon University in 1975 after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Frank worked at GE for over 30 years before retiring in 2002 and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed cars, especially restoring his 1968 Chevelle, vacationing with his grandchildren, and was always willing to help his children with anything they needed.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Hubert "Hugh" Sornberger, who helped raise Frank from a young age; a nephew, Glenn C. Surrena; and a niece,
Lynell Jean Surrena.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, with whom he would've celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 12th, Patricia Sexauer Surrena; two daughters, Laurie Kubaney and Dr. Michelle Williams and her husband, John, all of Erie; three grandchildren, Kayla Sharp and her husband, Thomas, Cortlen Williams, and Sophie Williams; two step-grandchildren, Conrad and Madeline Kubaney; two great grandchildren, Evalynne Barker and Tessa Sharp; two brothers, Chuck Surrena and his wife, Coleen, of Waterford, and Steven Sornberger of Erie; his dear aunt, Ruby Snyder and her husband, Ken, of Erie; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to services there on Friday morning at 10 a.m.. Burial will follow in Erie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Because You Care, 6041 West Rd., McKean, PA, 16426 or Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary, 5439 W. Lake Rd., Erie, 16505.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    5000 Wattsburg Road
    ERIE, PA 16504
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    5000 Wattsburg Road
    ERIE, PA 16504
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    5000 Wattsburg Road
    ERIE, PA 16504
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Erie Cemetery
    Address
    2116 Chestnut Street
    ERIE, PA
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Ray Winslow

Posted at 11:52am
Very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was wonderful person. I worked for Frank in the late 70's at GE Locomotive test and worked with him during his Product Training days as well as weekends testing locomotives. Lot's of fun to be round, Alway happy and a hard worker. Again sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace my Friend. Ray Winslow
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Tim Williams

Posted at 08:46pm
I give my deepest sympathy to the Surrena family during this time of grief.
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Kelly Kantola

Posted at 08:15pm
Dear Pat, Laurie, Michelle and the Surrena family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man & will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time
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