Frank Sherpensky, spiritual director

Frank Sherpensky
Frank Sherpensky
Posted: August 21, 2014

Frank Sherpensky, 82, of Browns Mills, a deacon and spiritual director for the Holy Name Society and the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Ann's Church there, died of heart failure on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Aspen Hills Healthcare Center in Pemberton.

He was a member of the first graduating class of deacons in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton in 1978, a son, David, said.

Kim Dunckley, church secretary at St. Ann's, said that as a deacon Mr. Sherpensky often performed graveside services, after priests had performed Funeral Masses at St. Ann's and other churches, freeing them for other work.

"He would be called on by parishes in New Egypt, Mount Holly, parishes down the Shore," Dunckley said.

"He served the parish for 36 years, assisting the pastor" in several ways, she said. "He was very committed to the parish."

Born in Shenandoah, in Schuylkill County, Mr. Sherpensky graduated from the former J.W. Cooper High School there in 1949.

After working as an apprentice electrician, Mr. Sherpensky became a truck driver for a local coal mining firm.

After marrying in 1951, he moved his family in 1954 to Philadelphia, and began a career in construction and building maintenance there and in South Jersey.

In 1975, the Sherpenskys moved to Browns Mills where he applied that year to become a Roman Catholic deacon.

Besides his other church responsibilities after his 1978 ordination, Dunckley said, he was the teacher of confirmation classes.

In addition to his son, Mr. Sherpensky is survived by sons Gregory and Thomas, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His wife, Joan Ann, died in 1988.

A viewing and visitation were set from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at St. Ann's Church, 22 Trenton Rd., Browns Mills, N.J. 08015, before a 7 p.m. Funeral Mass there. Interment on Friday morning is to be in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah.

Donations may be sent to

Condolences may be offered to the family at the Lankenau Funeral Home, 31 Elizabeth St., Pemberton, N.J. 08068.

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