Frank Joseph Lonski

Army Officer, Management Analyst

Frank Joseph Lonski, 89, a retired Army artillery officer and civilian management analyst at the Pentagon, died after a heart attack June 5 at his home in Cecil, Pa.

Born in Cherry Valley, Pa., to a Polish immigrant family, Mr. Lonski did not learn to speak English until he was 6. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and later he joined the U.S. Army and became an officer in the artillery.

During World War II, he served in Italy, France and Germany. As a forward observer in the 39th Field Artillery of the 3rd Infantry Division in France, he directed artillery fire to give support to the infantry. In Colmar, France, the small building he was in was attacked by German tanks. He held the post and directed the returning artillery fire, and for that effort he won the Silver Star. He also won the Bronze Star for gallantry in action. During the Korean War, Mr. Lonski served as a company commander.

He retired from the military in 1962 as a captain, and served an additional 19 years as a civilian management analyst for the Office of the Comptroller of the Army and also for the Defense Language Institute. He retired from his civilian service in 1981. In 1991, he moved from his home in Hyattsville to Cecil.

Mr. Lonski belonged to the Reserve Officers Association. He also enjoyed golf and reading political and military magazines.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Louise Antoinette Lonski, and his daughter, Louise Ann Lonski, both of Cecil; and a brother.