On the evening of January 11, 2023 Albert John Romanosky of North Ft Myers, FL passed away at the age of 94. Albert was born in Frackville, PA to Albert and Beatrice (Basgil) Romanosky on May 6, 1928. Albert graduated from Frackville High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1945 at the age of sixteen, after forging his Baptismal record to show he was seventeen and old enough to enlist. He completed boot camp at the USN Sampson NY Training Center in April 1945 and subsequently graduated from USN Hospital Corps School, San Diego, CA in July 1945. Albert completed additional medical training, in particular, he completed specialized training with the Field Medical Training Battalion, Camp Lejeune in 1951 and designated with Fleet Marine Force with subsequent service with the 3rd Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA. Albert had a variety of assignments during his twenty-years of naval service: e.g., sea duty on six vessels; in the Pacific on Guam and with the U.S. Civil Admin Unit, Palau; and U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia. Albert retired from active duty as a USN Chief, in 1965. He spent another twenty years in various managerial positions with the Veterans Administration (VA), retiring in 1987; i.e., after forty-one years of total U.S. Government service with the U.S. Navy and VA.
Albert married Mary Zadorzny, a U.S. Navy nurse in 1950. Their union produced three sons: Albert “John” (Janice), David Charles (Luann) and Joseph Richard (Ellen). He also has a daughter, Julia Brogden of NC. Albert lost his wife Mary in 1982. In 1987, he married Darlene (Tillman) Quinn, “inheriting” three more children: Charlene Messner, Charles McMinn, and Michael Steczak. Albert and Darlene moved to southwest FL in 1988 to enjoy retirement. Albert is survived by fifteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Romanosky.
Albert had a desire throughout his life to learn, and was self-educated in a variety of areas; in particular, with technology subjects. He studied Navy training manuals and took correspondence courses in electronics, which led to part-time employment doing radio and TV repair, and “no charge” repair of electronics for family and friends. Albert became involved with computers at the early stages of home computing; e.g., he was a software beta-tester, completed various Microsoft certifications, and provided free “tech support” to family, friends and businesses. Albert was a licensed extra-class amateur (ham) radio operator (KB3U) and a member of the Charlotte Amateur Radio Society. Albert pursued a college degree part-time, while a full-time employee with the VA, and a husband and father at home. His academic efforts led to him graduating magna cum laude from Widener College (BS Business) in 1975. At the time of his passing, he was teaching himself Spanish.
Albert was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Myers, FL. He was also a member of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Coatesville, PA before moving to Florida.
Albert will be remembered for never being at a loss of words and for striking up a conversation with anyone – no one was ever a stranger to him. His passing will mean no new strangers will have the “experience” of meeting him. He always had a story to tell – sometimes fiction, sometimes true. He was truly a unique individual. While not without faults (who isn’t?), as expressed by many, “He was a Good Man.” He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. His wife Darlene will even miss his spontaneous singing that he was so fond of doing, but sometimes not “appreciated” by his audience!
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 23, 2023 at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 392 Charles St., Coatesville where relatives and friends may visit with the family from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the church.
Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.
NO FLOWERS PLEASE. If desired, donations in Albert’s name would be appreciated to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 8210 Cypress Lake Dr, FT Myers, FL 33919, or Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 392 Charles St, Coatesville, PA 19320.
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Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church
392 Charles Street, Coatesville PA 19320
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
8210 Cyress Lake Drive, Ft. Myers FL 33919