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Francis Rivieccio

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Francis "Frank" Rivieccio 1940 - 2010 MANCHESTER, VT Francis "Frank" Rivieccio, 70, of Manchester, died on Dec. 10, 2010. Frank was an eclectic and educated man who had an insatiable curiosity about history and culture and a passion for superb cuisine, fine wines and intellectual conversation shared among good company. Frank was born on Jan. 26, 1940, to Antonio and Anna Rivieccio, two U.S. citizens living in pre-WWII Kobe, Japan, who opened up the cultured pearl market to the United States. The family returned to America two weeks before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, when Frank was almost two years old. Frank grew up in New Jersey and later attended Farleigh-Dickinson University, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He also received a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from New York University. His love of teaching led Frank into a career as an educator, he teaching mathematics and computer science. Throughout his life, Frank had many hobbies, including painting, sailing, computing, photography and cooking. He also had a profound interest in, and derived great enjoyment from, the arts and history. Frank's special love was of history, and he was an avid viewer of The History Channel, which he watched every day, with a particular interest in Roman and U.S. history. His study of American history inspired a deep love and great respect for his country, its founding fathers and the machinations of modern politics. Friends and family also knew Frank for the pure enjoyment he derived from good food and fine wine. He was comfortable at home as a father and husband and in the kitchen as a gourmand and cook. Frank was also known for his love of historical storytelling, and his general knowledge enabled him to mesmerize his audience with a vivid recounting filled with esoteric details about people, places and events. Frank could expound at length on a wide variety of topics, which he often did, much to the delight of family, friends and guests. After holding his audience's rapt attention, Frank would frequently finish his short and fascinating lesson on any given topic with the succinct finale: "And that is the story of that." Frank's family is derived from centuries of noble and honorable families of Italy, and he will be greatly missed by the many who loved him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Louise, nee Whitehead; his children, Anna, Anthony and Celeste; his son-in-law, Gerry Yandel; his grandchildren, Alessandro "Alex," Emily, and Jane; his mother-in-law, Amanda Whitehead; sisters and brothers-in-law; Rita and Terry Morgan, Susan and Donald Dopkins, Roger, Gerald and Curtiss Whitehead; numerous nieces and nephews; his beloved aunt, Helen D'Alessandro, and many beloved cousins and relatives in the United States and Italy. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Mass of Christian Death and Burial will be offered at Christ Our Savior Roman Catholic Church in Manchester on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, N.J., at 3 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010. Friends may call at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME, 34 Park Place, Manchester, VT, on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010, from 2 to 4 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. A reception will follow the visitation on Tuesday at a place to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Frank's memory may be made to Christ Our Savior Parish, in c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions, or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2010
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