Frank Gaca

February 10, 1924February 9, 2019

Frank Gaca, age 94, of White Lake, passed away February 9, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Rita. Loving father of the late Barbara Gaca, Gloria (Michael) Freud, Robert (Catherine) Gaca, Charlie Gaca, David Gaca and Jerry (Kathleen) Gaca. Proud grandfather of Carrie (Greg) Warning, Kyle (Dana) Gaca, Nicole Wayman, Desiree Kingston, Eric (Amanda) Kingston, Margaret Gaca, Chase Gaca and Krystle Veatch. Treasured great-grandfather of Madison Warning, Gwendolyn Warning, Sadie Gaca, Nathan Gaca, Amber Wayman, Zachary Wayman, Lynda Gerds, Parker Kingston and Lucy Kingston. Dear brother of the late Richard Gaca. Frank was preceded in passing by his parents, Frank and Martha Gaca. He will be missed by numerous other family and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 2:00pm until 8:00pm (Knights of Columbus Rosary 7:00pm) at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00am (In State 10:00am) with Military Honors following the service at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road, White Lake. Burial will be held Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:00am at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 17100 Van Dyke, Detroit.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Knights of Columbus Rosary Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • In State Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frank Gaca

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Tracy Marnon

February 19, 2019

Frank and Rita made it possible for me to have the life I have had. Though I wish the one conversation we had twenty years ago had gone differently, I understand. Rest in peace.

leonard wasilk

February 14, 2019

I wil will never forget coming from posen mi to see all my cousins in DETROIT with my mother and fatherTHERESA and Sylvester WASILK
our condolences to the GACA family.

Joe Paradowski

February 13, 2019

Our condolences to the gaca family. Memories stay with us forever. My favorite memory is the fourth of July family reunions at the cottage on Brendle lake. Another great memory is visiting Uncle Frank so he could show us his huge photo album collection of family. Joe and Mary Paradowski

Lynne Fernandez

February 12, 2019

I remember fondly a day that Uncle Frank and Aunt Rita visited my Redford home because my parents were visiting from Tucson, Arizona. My Dad had a bad cold and Uncle Frank instructed me to put on a big kettle of water to boil to moisten the air "so your Dad can breathe better." He sat and laughed and talked; all the while with his arm around Aunt Rita. I had recently divorced and their long term marriage and ongoing love for each other was awesome. The absolute joy of being with family and just sitting having a simple lunch seemed enough for all of them. I asked him what was the secret of their long term marriage and he smiled and said, "never argue; just never argue." He was one of the nicest men I've ever had the pleasure to know. My deepest sympathy to his children and all family members.

James Paradowski

February 12, 2019

From the Paradowski family, Uncle Frank will be very missed as we all remember him always smiling and telling jokes, along with sharing his home with all. I know he is in heaven now with Aunt Rita.

James Paradowski

February 12, 2019

I remember Uncle Frank and Aunt Rita getting me a mason jar so I could catch fireflies and then having BBQ hotdogs after swimming in the lake. Sparklers on the 4th of July in their backyard was awesome.

Chrissy Larouche

February 11, 2019

Frank Gaca
Good guy, great guy, pal, mentor, friend! Frank could brighten your day with just a couple of words... his smile, his happy face would bring sunshine into any room! He would always have time to give me a little information, a bit of his wit and maybe a the latest news about his kids or grandkids.
I first met Frank at the ripe old age of 13 when I hung with his boys Rob and Charlie. Frank and his sweet, sweet spouse, Rita, shared their yard with any ruffian in Brendel Heights who was looking to sit by their campfire, tell stories or engage in a rousing game of kick the can! There was always room for one more... one more kid, one more story, one more log on the fire. I spent many a summer night hanging in that yard!
Frank was always willing to pitch in; whether it was a neighborhood project or a fish fry at our church! He was the ultimate people person and folks were naturally drawn to him.
After we lost dear Mrs Gaca, I would often see him sitting a few rows back in St Pats with his pals Ray and Tony; they were dubbed the three musketeers or the three amigos! Their pew seemed to fill with a number of like-gents, their buddies their church mates. Frank never failed to clasp my hand on his way to receive was just how we rolled. That Sunday coffee and doughnuts hour will be missing a true character!
I always knew when Frank was at mass because his Jeep with his wwII plates would be parked in “his” space....I will miss seeing that Jeep. He was a bigger than life kind of guy...irreplaceable to say the least! The world was a better place because of Frank Gaca!

Christine Carmack (Shiemke)

February 11, 2019

Have many fond memories of Uncle Frank. Was sorry to hear of his passing. I know he is happy now to be back with Aunt Rita and Barbara. God bless your family.

John Adams

February 11, 2019

Lots of memories came back to me after I got the call from Charlie yesterday. Starting with getting to know the whole clan back in the early '80s when I was rooming with Charlie, through the infamous "kiss rate" cards at when Pam and I got married. There were the houseboat trips to Kentucky. For those who haven't seen the video, just picture Frank with a boom box on his shoulder dancing (sort of :-) ) with the music playing. The opening weekend trips every April to Evergreen Resort at Red Bay, flying kites and square dancing. The time when Jerry lived in the house next door, we had a pig roast at his place, and there was this big discussion about how Frank wanted a fence for Christmas, and Jerry wanted a gate! This just shows the wonderful sense of humor Frank had and that sense of humor will live on in our memories.
Since we moved south, we always tried (and often succeeded) in getting together around Christmas. Always a highlight of our visits home. A proud veteran and just simply one of the best people I have ever known. God bless you, Frank.

Joel Tackabury

February 11, 2019

Charlie and Jerry,
I didn't know your father but I have heard both of you speak very fondly of him. He must have been an amazing man to have his boys tell stories of him like he was not only their father but their hero as well. Not everyone has that kind of father (I was fortunate to have that kind of father myself).
I have known you guys for several years and I am sure he was very proud of you. I would like both of you and the rest of the family to know that I am very sorry for your loss. He gave you so many great memories you will never be without him. The greatest gift anyone could ever give. That is a true father and hero.