Waterford - Frank J. Levanti Sr. of 10 Marguy St., Quaker Hill, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
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He was born on Aug. 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 Oct. 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 U.S. Army Air Corps and served with Twentieth Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, assigned to the 23rd 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 Avenue in Quaker Hill and opened Levanti's Chevron. He and his wife co-owned and managed the Quaker Hill Mini Mall from 1977 to 1982, and from 1978 to 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, the New London Lodge of Elks 360, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, VFW Post #10060, and was 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 40 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 traveled extensively across the United States 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 2011, at age 85, he had the opportunity to go to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with 105 other World War II vets from the local area; this was one of his most treasured trips. He was an avid New York Yankee and UCconn Huskies fan, catching the games whenever he could.
He was a loving husband, father, 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 32 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Joseph E.; 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 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 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 + Memorial Hospital and Drs. 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 may be made to the
Woyasz & Son Funeral Service, Inc.
Norwich and Montville, CT
Published in The Day on Oct. 30, 2013