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Francis (Fran) Anthony Piechota / January 31, 2013
Francis (Fran) Anthony Piechota, 93, of Whispering Pines, died peacefully on Jan. 28, 2013 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst, surrounded by family members, after a long period of illness. Fran was a proud first-generation Polish American, the youngest child of Ludwig (Louis) and Mary Piechota of Olean, N.Y. He was born Dec. 2, 1919.

Fran was a WWII veteran who served in the US Navy from 1941 to 1946. Following his departure from the service, Fran returned to his hometown of Olean, attended St. Boneventure University, and began his career with Daystrom Furniture, a high-style kitchen dinette manufacturer. In 1962, Fran was chosen by the parent company to bring Daystom Furniture to South Boston, where he held the positions of controller, general manager, and ended his career as president of Daystrom and two other sister companies for 18 years. He retired in 1978.

Fran loved his family, golf, traveling, and especially participating in Slot Tournaments in Las Vegas.

He is survived by Linda, his wife of 33 years and his seven children, Michael and Joseph (Ginny) from Cary, N.C., Kathleen from Atlanta, Ga., Vincent (Sarah) from Danville, Louis from Richmond, Grace (David) Wight from Irmo, S.C., and Frances (Wayne) from Virginia Beach. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Ashley Piechota, Ryan (Sara) Piechota, Sara Wight, and Kelly Wight and two great-grandchildren, Olivia Jean Piechota and Olivia Paige Nystrom.

Fran was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley, mother of their seven children, and his brothers and sisters, Clara Macknica, Helen Piechota, Walter Piechota and John Piechota.

A funeral will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, at 12:30 p.m. at Eureka Presbyterian Church on Farm Life School Road, Carthage, N.C. Friends are invited to visit with the family following the service in the church fellowship hall. Light refreshments will be served by the Women of Eureka Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park, Morganton Road, Southern Pines.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Fran’s memory may be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374 or to Moore County Humane Society (HUSOM), 5355 Highway 22, Carthage, NC 28327. On line condolences can be made to

Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is serving the family.

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