Francis Vincent Ames, 86, of Tamaqua, PA died on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in Coaldale, PA. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann (nee Pajakinas) Ames to whom he was married 51 years when she died in 2002. Born in Brockton, PA on July 9, 1931, Francis was a son of the late Michael and Frances (nee Oldinsky) Ames. A graduate of Tamaqua High School, he worked as a carpenter for Curt Bailey. A member of The Parish of St. John XXIII, Tamaqua, his original affiliation was with Ss. Peter and Paul, Tamaqua. Francis was an avid bowler, a former catcher in the Tamaqua Baseball League, and coached Little League. His daughter, Christina, describes him as the “Greatest person she will ever meet in her lifetime. Dad loved baseball and going fishing at the park. But, most of all he loved his family so very much. He was the kind of Father everyone wishes they had and will be loved forever.” Francis is survived by his daughter, Christina Jensen and her husband, Randall of Tamaqua and sister, Joan Davis of Pittston, PA. He was predeceased by sons, Joseph Ames and Francis Ames and brothers, Paul Ames and Bernard Ames. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, April 17 in St. John the Twenty Third Catholic Church, 266 West Broad Street, Tamaqua. Interment in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Owl Creek will follow the mass. Call 9-10 AM on Tuesday in the church. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.
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