Frank Steven Ujlaky passed away at his home on October 26, 2018. He was born on July
23, 1922, to Michael and Agnes, in the small town of Modranka in what was then the
country of Czechoslovakia. His mother died when Frank was still a small child and his
grandmother raised him until his father remarried. He had two half siblings, Michael and
Julia. His father, hoping to make a better life for his family, went to America, but when it
was time for the rest of the family to join him, his stepmother sent only Frank. At 14
years of age he crossed the Atlantic alone, arriving in NYC not knowing a word of
Frank graduated Murray High School of Building and Metals Trades in 1941. He enlisted
in the Navy and served from July 1941 until his honorable discharge in February 1946.
He served as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class and spent part of his time in the
Upon his return home, Frank continued his technical training by taking evening classes
and working at A&S Tool Works and Coty’s Perfume Company. He went on to work at
Lily Tulip and finally the NYC Transit Authority as a machinist.
He married Dorothy Dunbar on October 30, 1949. They purchased a home in Floral Park
and where he resided until his death. They had one daughter, Linda (Lyn), two
granddaughters, Courtney Breslin Doughty and Caitlin Breslin, and a great grandson,
After retirement, Frank volunteered at the Human Concerns Center of Our Lady of the
Snows, the Bellerose Civic Association as Sergeant-of-Arms, was a member of the
Knights of Columbus, served NORC-WOW, and most notably SNAP, where he was on
the executive board and the recipient of The Elizabeth Gambino Community Service
Award in 2011.
Frank was an amazing gardener and loved tinkering in his workshop where he could
build and repair almost anything. He loved nothing better than working with his hands.
Frank was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. You couldn’t
meet anyone more loyal, humble or hard working. A sense of humor and fun lurked
behind his serious nature from a life with rough beginnings.
His wife predeceased him in 2002. Frank leaves behind his sister Julia, and family in
Slovakia, his daughter, Lyn, and husband, Mike, granddaughter Courtney and husband,
Justin, granddaughter, Caitlin, and great grandson, Seamus. He blessed their lives and
will be missed everyday.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Our Lady of Snows, 258-15 80th Avenue,
Floral Park, NY 11004