Frank Joseph Branco
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Frank "Papa" "Cheech" Joseph Branco (85) of Des Moines, Iowa, died March 9, 2014, peacefully at home with his loving family by his side.
Frank was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Joseph and Anna on October 3, 1928. He went to school at Park Avenue Grade School and Lincoln High School. Frank faithfully served our country in the United States Marine Corp. He was most known for his warmth and sense of humor. Frank married Betty Lou Green on October 9, 1949. He worked for John Deere for several years before starting his own home improvement business and became the best in the business. In his free time he enjoyed being the first to 'PRESS' while golfing and always catching the biggest fish on our trips. He enjoyed our annual pilgrimage to Notre Dame to see touchdown Jesus. Frank loved playing cards in the old principal's office with his friends at the Italian American Club and most of all spending time with his beautiful family.
In his 64 years of marriage to his beautiful wife Betty Lou, they had five children, Mike (Patti), Joe (Jen), Marcia (Pete), Deb (John), and Frankie II. He had 12 grandchildren, Christy (Erich), Mary Michael, Joe II, Katie, Frank (Michelle), Kelli, Melissa (Barima), Anthony, John, Anna, Claire, and Kathleen (David); five great grandchildren, Parker, Drue, Clover, Madison and Melissa (with 2 more in the oven!). He is also survived by his sister, Theresa Sbrocco.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna, his sisters, Sara, Mary, and Anna; and grandson Anthony.
The visitation will be held at Hamilton's South Funeral Home on March 12, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11:00 AM. The entombment will follow immediately after funeral at Resthaven.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Papa's favorite charity (www.stjude.org).
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW Ninth Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 11, 2014