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Modern Produce Farms owner dies at 78

by | May 13, 2009
Frank Jarocki Sr., owner and president of Modern Produce Farms in Florida, NY, died May 7 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Florida after a short illness. He was 78.

Mr. Jarocki was born to Joseph K. and Catherine Jarocki Nov. 18, 1930, in Big Island, NY. He was a lifelong resident of the village of Florida.

He was a very successful onion grower and shipper, having owned and operated Modern Produce Farms Inc. for over 60 years. His father was also a longtime farmer in the region.

Mr. Jarocki was a member of the New York Farm Bureau and the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association. He served as a Florida village trustee for 42 years as well as for many years as deputy mayor and as a planning board member.

He was a member of St. Josephs Church in Florida, where he served as an usher and a Holy Name member. He was also a longtime member of the Warwick Valley [NY] Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Florida Senior Citizens, the Wanaksink Lake Club and the Wa-A-We Hunting Club. In his leisure time, Mr. Jarocki enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members and friends.

He is survived by his wife Katherine; daughter Karen Weslowski of Florida, NY; son Frank Jarocki Jr. and his wife Barbara of Westtown, NY; grandchildren Jason Jarocki, Heather and Amanda Jarocki, and Charles and Christopher Weslowski; one great-grandchild, Katherine Jarocki; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated May 11 at St. Josephs Church, followed by burial in St. Josephs Cemetery in Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Fire & Rescue, Box 600, Florida, NY 10921.