Frank Anthony Ujcich, 70, of Wellsburg WV died peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 20, 1943 a son of the late Joseph and Jennie (Kravanya) Ujcich. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by four sisters, Rose Marie Sovinski, Dorothy Stucin, Erma Camilletti, and Doris J. Stucin, and two brothers, Joseph and John Ujcich.
Frank graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1961 and earned his BA in teaching from West Liberty State College in 1966. For nine years he worked steady midnight at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation at the Mingo Junction Plant where he was a foreman as he put himself through college. After graduation he did his student teaching at Wellsburg High School. He taught one year at Wheeling Central and was the head baseball coach and led the team to the single A title that year. He also assisted then coach, Andy Urbanic on the football team as a scouting coach. In 1976 he started Frank Ujcich construction until 1982 when he then went back into teaching at Brooke High School as the building and construction teacher. With a true passion for the vocational department at Brooke High School he went on to be the Vocational Director. After his retirement, he was elected to the Brooke County Board of Education where he still presently was a member until his death.
In 2000 baseball great Frank Ujcich entered the WLSC Hall of Fame after enjoying a storied four-year career from 1962-1965. One of the college’s best ever players, Ujcich’s play enabled him to be named to the WVIAC all-time baseball squad in 1974. A four time All-Conference selection, he posted numbers which still stand the test of time. During his career, he compiled a 27-7 record with less than a 2.0 ERA in all four years. The highlight of his career was the 1964 NAIA Tournament where he pitched 22 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, a record that still stands today. The Most Valuable Player in that tournament, Ujcich led the Hilltoppers to their only National Championship. A plaque of his accomplishment is still displayed on the walls of Cooperstown Hall of Fame in New York. In 1967 he was a 51st round draft pick with the New York Mets minor league affiliate in Mankato, Minnesota where he played for two seasons. Frank was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Loyal Order of Moose #1564 in Wellsburg, WV and according to his grandchildren probably the best Pittsburgh Pirates Fan ever.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou (Mascolino) Ujcich whom he married on February 29, 1964. Three children, Daniel (Judy) Ujcich, Sinking Spring, PA; Paula Wagstaff and companion Alfredo Ortega, Orlando, FL; and Jeanne Ujcich and her companion Daniel Gilchrist of Wellsburg, WV. Two brothers, Michael R. (Becky) Ujcich, Lexington, KY, and Ronald (Eva) Ujcich, Wellsburg, WV Four sisters, Helen Pettini, Windsor Heights, WV, Jacqueline (John) Warren, Castalia, OH, Olga Slenska, Johnstown, PA, and Margaret (Samuel) White, Wellsburg, WV, a brother-in-law, Matthew Camilletti, Wellsburg, WV Four Grandchildren, Erin, Joe, and Kara Wagstaff and Jillian Ujcich.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20th from 1-8 P.M. at the Mullenbach Funeral Home 669 Main St. Follansbee, WV. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 21st at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. Dan Pisano as celebrant. A vigil service will be held on Sunday, July 20th at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Aspen Manor Cemetery in Wellsburg, WV. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the West Liberty Athletic Fund at 88 University Dr. West Liberty, WV 26074 or the Valley Hospice at 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943