Dr. Frank Kresca

Dr. Frank Kresca

CHAMPAIGN — Dr. Frank J. Kresca, 97, of Champaign died at 7:55 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28, 2018) at home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign. The Rev. Jeff Caithamer will officiate. Entombment will be in Mount Hope Mausoleum, Champaign. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy.

Dr. Kresca was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate degree, during which time he met his future wife, Betty Holl (deceased 2014). They were married for 66 years. They had a son (James Kresca, M.D.) and a daughter (Linda Kresca, M.D.), each of who followed his footsteps in becoming eye physicians and surgeons; five grandchildren, Michael (Britta) Kresca of Peoria, Dr. Matthew Kresca of St. Louis, Mitchell (Kristen) Kresca of Des Plaines, Nicholas (Jara) Kresca of Murphysboro and granddaughter Sarah Kresca of Champaign; and one sister, Blanche Waska of Sarasota, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (2014), and by a granddaughter, Jamie.

Dr. Kresca earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois medical school in Chicago. Following his internship, he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. This was followed by two residency training programs at the UI Eye and Ear Infirmary. The first was otolaryngology (ENT), and the second was ophthalmology (eye diseases and surgery). He started his solo private practice in Champaign in 1955. Over the years, it became known as Kresca Eye Clinic. His son (James) and daughter (Linda) later joined him in practice. He loved his work. His work was his lifeblood.

He was accepted into membership as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was in practice for over 50 years.

Throughout the years, Dr. Kresca was active on multiple levels within his profession. He is past president of the Illinois Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. He was instrumental in founding the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology in 1970 and was its first president. A lectureship was created in his honor. In addition, Dr. Kresca was a founding member of OMIC (Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co) and served on the board of directors for 15 years.

On a local level, he served as president of the medical staff of Burnham City Hospital and as president of the Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation Board for two terms. As an active member of the Champaign Lions Club, he volunteered many hours of service by performing free glaucoma screenings. For his many varied services to the Lions Club over the years, he was awarded its highest national honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship. In addition, for many years Dr. Kresca served as an advisory board member of the Salvation Army.

Dr. Kresca and his son, James, served a sabbatical in Africa for six weeks, during which time they provided eye care and surgery for those in need. One of Dr. Kresca’s patients nominated him for Physician of the Year for the state of Illinois, and this honor was bestowed upon him by the governor of the state of Illinois.

Family and spiritual well-being were also priorities. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign, for all of his adult life.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61820, or the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness, 211 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60606. Please put “In memory of Dr. Frank Fresca” on the check.

Condolences may be offered at morganmemorialhome.com.

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