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Frank J. Levanti Sr.

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Frank J. Levanti Sr. Obituary
Frank J. Levanti Sr. August 25, 1926 - October 27 2013 QUAKER HILL - Frank J. Levanti Sr. of 10 Marguy Street, Quaker Hill, passed away peacefully on, Sunday October 27, 2013, at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 25, 1926, in New London, the son of the late Paul and Mary (Christina) Levanti of New London. He married the love of his life Dorothy L. (McKinney) Levanti of Montville on October 27 1945 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Uncasville where he was a member for over 65 years. Mr. Levanti grew up in New London and attended St Mary's and Jennings elementary schools and graduated from Chapman Technical High School in 1944. After high school he worked at the Groton Submarine Base until he entered the service. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp and served with Twentieth Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, assigned to the Twenty Third Fighter Group as a crew chief on P-47N fighter planes on Guam. He was Honorably Discharged in July 1947 as a Corporal. Returning to the local area he worked as an automotive mechanic at the Abbott Auto Pontiac dealership in New London. In 1955 he embarked on his own opening Levanti's Texaco Service Station in Quaker Hill, later relocating to route 163 in Montville. He purchased the land at the corner of route 32 and Maple Ave in Quaker Hill and opened Levanti's Chevron. He and his wife co-owned and managed the Quaker Hill Mini Mall from 1977-1982, and from 1978-1982 they co-owned and operated the Quaker Hill Package Store. He was a life member of the Allen Hook & Ladder Co in New London, New London Lodge of Elks 360, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, VFW post #10060 and a member of the Moose Home, New London. He organized one of the original teams for the City ABC bowling league at the Groton Ten Pin where he bowled for more than forty years. In 2000 he was inducted into the bowler's hall of fame. Frank enjoyed flying and owned his own small plane for many years. Upon his retirement in 1982 he and his wife travel extensively across the US including Hawaii as well as Canada, the Caribbean and Italy. Although they continued to travel, to keep busy Frank returned to work for a few more years first for MJ Sullivan Mobil and then for MJ Sullivan Hyundai in New London, retiring a second time in 1991. In 2011at age 85 he had the opportunity to go to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC with 105 other WWII vet's from the local area, this was one of his most treasured trips. He was an avid New York Yankee and UCONN Huskies fan catching the games whenever he could. He was a loving husband, father and a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy of 68 years, a son, Frank J. Jr. and his wife Catherine of Quaker Hill, two daughters, Diana L. and her husband John P. Lamparelli of Norwich, and Laurie A. Levanti of Quaker Hill, a sister Lucy (Levanti) and brother in-law Fran Eldridge of Pawcatuck, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and thirty two nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son Joseph E. and brothers John Levanti, John Dinoto, Thomas Levanti, Joseph Levanti, Andrew Levanti, Peter Levanti and Cammello Levanti and sisters Josephine Smith Anderson and Mary Tasca. Family and friends may visit on Friday, November 1st from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Rd. Uncasville. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 11:30 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 22 Maple Ave, Uncasville. Presentation of military honors will follow the mass. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. The family would like to thank the nursing staff on 5-2 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and Dr's Wolff and Licata for the care they gave Frank. We would also like to thank the Beechwood Rehabilitation staff for the care he received while there and also the staff of Vitas Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory can be made to the .

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Oct. 30, 2013
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