OBITUARY: Frank Osvath Oct. 31, 2013

FRANK OSVATH Oct. 31, 2013

Frank Osvath, 93, of Los Alamos, NM passed away at the Los Alamos Medical Center on October 31 at 5:20 p.m. He was with family at the time of his passing.

Frank was born in1920 in Detroit, Michigan to Louis and Sophie (Nagy) Osvath. As a teenager he trained and worked at Henry Ford Trade School (Henry Ford actually came into his workplace, gave him a pat on the back and asked Frank what he was doing). He moved to Los Alamos to work as a machinist in 1943, where he met Florence, whom he married in 1947. After a year of service in the US Army in 1946, Frank returned to work for the Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement in 1982.

Frank was active in the First Baptist and then White Rock Baptist Churches from the inception of each. Frank loved to sing with the Choral Society and was the interim choir director several times at his churches. He also played the French horn, trumpet, and violin. He was forever curious about things, traveling with Florence to over 40 countries, in every continent except Antarctica. He loved hiking, having climbed over a dozen 14,000 foot peaks, many after the age of 70. He could name most of the mountain peaks in New Mexico and Colorado and instilled a love of nature in his daughters and grandchildren. He began skiing in Los Alamos before the present hill was open, at Sawyer’s Hill. He won a prize at the 2012 Skiesta for having skied the longest time in Los Alamos. He retired his skis when he turned 89.

Frank is survived by his wife, Florence Osvath, and four daughters, Amy Swennes, Ginger Meehan, Lisa Lanterman, and Mary Keller. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and a brother, Louis Osvath. He is preceded in death by a brother, Peter Osvath. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on November 29 at the White Rock Baptist Church (80 NM State Road 4, White Rock), followed by a reception.

Flowers may be sent or memorials may be made to White Rock Baptist Children and Youth Ministry.