Willie, as family and friends knew him, was born on July 4, 1920 in Aurora, Minnesota to Christina (De Lorenzo) and Pasquale Frazzini. He passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12th, at the age of 92. He grew up in Denver, one of eleven children. He is preceded in death by his five brothers: Chris, Nunzio, Reno, Silver and Norman, and his five sisters: Violet (Hansen), Elizabeth (Scheurn), Christina (Woods), Rose (Piccoli) and Angelina (King). He served in the Army during WWII and following the war, worked at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver for 38 years. In 1948, he married his sweetheart, Mary Giannelli Johns, and they had one son, Ron. He remained a faithful and loving husband for 64 years of marriage. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the many family gatherings of siblings, nieces and nephews, especially the card games at which he was an avid player. He was a soft-spoken man of great integrity and a beloved husband and father. He lived a long and healthy life, and was full of gratitude through the end of his days. His wife Mary, his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Lisa Frazzini of Walnut Creek, California, survive him. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 3rd at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 3920 Pierce St, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033. Memorials may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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Published in Denver Post on Oct. 28, 2012