Obituary of Francis Kashuda (1943 – 2021) – Weeki Wachee, FL


Francis “Frank” V. Kashuda Jr. passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Weeki Wachee, Florida.

Born March 11, 1943, he was the son of the late Eleanor and the late Francis V. Kashuda Sr., growing up in Duryea and West Pittston. He graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School in 1960. He then served in the 562nd US Army Air Defense Artillery Regiment from 1960 to 1963 as a missile fire control operator air defense, stationed at Nike-Hercules missile bases, including Ft. Wainwright in Alaska.

After the military he began a career as a photographer at the Wilkes-Barre Record – one of his notable assignments having been photographing the launch of Apollo 11 from Cape Kennedy, Florida, in 1969. He then took to numerous photos of Agnes Flood in 1972 – many of them were published in the book “The Great Flood of 1972”. He later became chief photographer at The Times Leader and also worked for the Citizen’s Voice. Also in the 1970s, he created Frank Kashuda Photography and, years later, another photography and video services company.

The surviving children, Lisa Baldacci (Tony), Scranton; Renee DeOrio (Ricky), Pittston Township; Sarah Daywood (Simon), top of the mountain; and Jason (Sara), Weeki Wachee, Fla., with whom he resided; siblings, Nancy Ciampi (John), West Pittston; Gérard (Janet), Plains; Maryanne Paieski (Larry), West Pittston; and Mark (Theresa), Missouri City, Texas; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private cremation services were held in Florida with an entombment of his ashes at the Veterans Administration’s Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

Posted by Citizens Voice on October 9, 2021.


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