Frank Lovinski

LOVINSKI, Frank, 70, died suddenly at his home in Wintersville, OH, on October 31, 2012.

He was born in Wheeling, WV, to John and Laura Lovinski. He was educated at Wheeling Central, West Liberty and WVU. He started his journalism career as a sports reporter but rose quickly through the ranks to become a newsroom executive in MD, OH, NY and MI. He retired in 1997 as Managing Editor of the Detroit News. Frank was an avid reader, traveler, photographer, artist, sports fan and birder who loved the outdoors. He would journey any distance (often with unsuspecting family members) to find rare birds, see natural wonders, take in a minor sports event, visit a lesser-known historic landmark or just to try a new beer. He took copious photographs of his adventures, his family and his wife’s garden. Nearly every day he shared news articles, his photos, enthusiastic political opinions and bad jokes with appreciative family and friends. Long before the Internet, Frank utilized his journalistic skills to uncover his family’s roots dating back to 1771.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother, John Jr. and a son, Paul. He is survived by his wife, Claire Lupinetti Lovinski; his son, Gregory (Noel) Lovinski of Kent, OH; his daughters, Paula Lovinski MD of Bedford, NH, and Bethany Lovinski of Denver, CO; and his grandchildren Theodore, Sophia and Claire. Also surviving are his siblings, Barbara (Tom) Weiskircher, Chuck (Trudi) Lovinski and very special in-laws Mary Louise Diefenbach and Jim Lupinetti; great aunts Dora McDermott, Virginia Diserio; and sister-in-law Maureen Lovinski.

Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, OH, on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. with Father Steven McKeown, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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