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Frank, age 94, of Dumont, passed away August 26, 2014.
He is survived by his dearest wife whom he adored, Diana (nee Bertoli) and his loving daughter; Sandra Molé and her husband Ralph. A great part of Frank's life was spent with his two grandchildren; Brett and Todd, who grew up less than a mile from him. He is also survived by his sister, Vera Pellegrini. He is predeceased by his brother Benito and his sisters; Laura, Maria and Liria.
Frank was born on August 19, 1920 in Pottsville, PA to the late Rosa (nee Tognarelli) and Ernesto D'Alfonso. He grew up in the sweeping mountains of Northern Italy in a small heart-shaped village known as Coreglia Antiminelli and the seacoast town of Viareggio, where, as an avid hiker, he explored the countryside with his friends. He left Italy in 1938 for the opportunity-filled streets of New York City, where he met his soon-to-be wife of 68 years, Diana, at a tiny rooftop dance on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
He joined the United States Armed Forces at the start of World War II and served in the U.S. Army for four years in Guadalcanal, Manilla, Lingayen Gulf and around the Pacific Theatre, earning a sharpshooting medal, and, in his free time, carving coconuts and mailing beautiful illustrations back to Diana, who wrote him every day. Upon his return, he married his beloved, and started his own business, Florence Statuary Company, where he worked until the age of 82 as an artist. Frank was a member of American Legion Post #226 and the Progressive Era Association. He was the former president of Lega Coreglina.
Frank was a passionate man who enjoyed painting, sculpting and all things artistic. He also had a fascination with science and the wonders of the natural world and would spend many hours with his grandsons watching nature documentaries or reading books. He loved his family above all else and was loved sincerely by all of them. He can never be replaced and will be greatly missed.
The Funeral Mass will be offered Friday, 10 AM, St. Mary's R.C. Church, Dumont. Entombment Garden of Memories, Washington Township. The family will welcome friends Thursday (Today), 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Frech Funeral Home, 161 Washington Avenue, Dumont.
Frech Funeral Home
161 Washington Avenue Dumont, NJ 07628
Published in The Record on Aug. 28, 2014