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Francis "Frank" S. Piurkowski

October 20, 1949 ~ September 12, 2020 (age 70)

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Devoted husband, father and grandfather


Oakville-Francis “Frank” S. Piurkowski, age 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 12, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was the loving husband of Elizabeth “Betty” (Berardi) Piurkowski.


He was born on October 20, 1949 in Waterbury, the son of the late Stanley and Pauline (Boruch) Piurkowski.  He was raised in Naugatuck, where he graduated from Naugatuck High School class of 1968.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War era.


Following his military service, he attended Warren F. Kaynor Technical School in the toolmaking apprentice program.  He was employed as an eyelet toolmaker at Osram Sylvania and Truelove and Maclean, both in Watertown.


He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and UCONN Men’s and Women’s basketball.  He also coached basketball and WAYS boy’s soccer in Watertown.  But most importantly, he was a devoted family man who cherished the love of his wife, children, and grandchildren.


Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betty, his son Eric Piurkowski and his wife Nellie of Southington; his daughter Amy Bigliazzi and her husband Kevin of Bolton.  He was blessed with four loving grandchildren, Hannah and Ethan Bigliazzi and Samantha and Lauren Piurkowski.


He also leaves his sisters, Wanda Koch and her husband Ernie, Susan LaPierriere and her husband Dennis, Theresa Nadolny and her husband Matthew, and his brother Stanley Piurkowski and his wife Melissa.  He also leaves his sisters in law, Susan Schumacher and her husband George and Kathy Brochu and her husband Andrew, along with many nieces and nephews.


The family wishes to acknowledge and offer their special appreciation to his caregivers, Lucy, Paula, Christine, Mara, Stacey, Tracy, Andrea, and Claudia.  Their compassionate, loving and professional care will never be forgotten.


Due to the COVID 19 crisis, all services will be announced and held at a later date.  To send an on-line condolence, please visit  The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck, has been entrusted with his arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ecumenical Food Bank, P.O. Box 796, Naugatuck, CT 06770, or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.


Services are to be announced


Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank
P.O. Box 796, Naugatuck CT 06770

Alzheimer's Association
P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090

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