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Francis J. Dinga

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Francis Joseph Dinga, 90, of Middletown, Pa., passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Heavenly Father on Friday, October 5, 2018. Francis (Frank or Prink) was born on October 11, 1928 in Ford City, Pa. and was raised there by his late parents, Tomas and Johanna Dinga.

He graduated from Ford City High School, and was a proud member of the Class of ‘47. He joined the Air Force in 1948, and served our country for 20 years. Following his military career, he was a personnel manager for Orr & Sembower in Middletown, and Merchant’s and Businessman’s Mutual Insurance Company in Harrisburg. After retiring from full-time employment, he worked part time for Cramer Auto, driving cars locally and to out of state locations. He was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota) and the American Legion.

He met the love of his life, Mary Catherine Petrovsky, in Ford City, and they married in 1952. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together and were blessed with six children. Frank dearly missed Mary Catherine since she passed away in 2014.

In addition to his parents and six siblings, he was predeceased by his only son, Francis J. Dinga Jr., who passed away in 1981. In 1982, Frank and Mary established the funeral luncheon committee at Seven Sorrows Church. They worked with their team captains and helpers, providing funeral luncheons for parish families for over 25 years.

Frank is survived by his five daughters: Mary Albers and husband Ken of Middletown, Joan Lane of Placentia, Calif., Madonna Reider and husband Roger of Middletown, Loretta Kiedrowski and husband Jamie of Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Yvonne Horner and husband Russ of Alexandria, Va. Frank leaves behind 18 loving grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and countless people he “adopted” into his family, and he is survived by many loving nieces and nephews as well.

He had a deep faith in our Lord God, and was devoted to his large family, which he liked to call the “Dinga Dynasty.” He brought much joy to others with his outgoing personality and unconditional love. His witty humor kept everyone laughing throughout the years. He always had jokes and puns to tell to everyone he met. He was the life of every party, and we will never forget his amazing Polka and Jitterbug dancing skills. An avid Pitt fan, he never gave up hope for a championship.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown. The celebrant will be Reverend Ted Keating and concelebrating will be Reverend Eric Dinga, Frank’s grand-nephew. Viewings will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., with Recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m. and on Saturday from Noon until 12:45 p.m., at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown.

Burial will follow the Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery, Middletown.

Donations in Frank's honor may be sent to Seven Sorrows Church for the new Adoration Chapel.

Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekfuneralhome