Obituary: Frank Michael Pleich
December 4, 2008
Pleich, Frank Michael, died with his family by his side Dec. 1, 2008. Dearly beloved husband for 62 years of the late Irene Pleich, whom he met on a blind date; loving father of Judy Miller-Poremba and her husband John of Santa Rosa; adored grandfather of Keri Miller of Santa Rosa and Lara Presti of San Rafael; and loved by numerous nephews and nieces. Frank was born in San Francisco; he was a resident of El Cerrito for 80 years and a part-time resident of Donner Lake for 45 years; he spent his last five years close to his family in Santa Rosa.
Frank had a successful career with Chevron for more than 44 years, serving as the Chief of Fire and Safety, Manager of the Long Wharf and Director of Public Relations, a position he held at the time of his retirement. Frank served in the Coast Guard during WWII patrolling the bay while continuing to work for Chevron. He was a lover of the outdoors and especially loved the time he spent at his summer home at Donner Lake where he was known as a grandfather to many of the children who grew up on Pine Street. He loved fishing and the Pine Street parties. He also loved traveling (especially Hawaii and cruises) and taking care of the love of his life, his wife Irene. They were inseparable, always seen holding hands. A generous man who loved life to the fullest, he touched many peoples’ lives with his warm smile and genuine sincerity. He treasured his family above all and will be greatly missed. A special thanks to Luce Avila and her family, Yolanda Castro and all the loving care givers at Avalon/ Vintage Assisted Living for the compassionate care they gave to Frank.
Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Star of the Valley Catholic Church, 545 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa. A Vigil Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, with a viewing beginning at 5 p.m. Private interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, San Pablo.