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Frank Falbo

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Frank Francis Falbo, 89, of 567 Main St. Williamstown, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at the North Adams Regional Hospital. He was born in North Adams, on Oct. 16, 1913, a son of the late Dominic Falbo and Luigia (Ricada) Falbo.

He attended schools in North Adams, Mass and Jamaica, Long IsIsnd, N.Y. and Drury High School in North Adams. In his younger years, he was employed with the former Arnold Paint works on Marshall Street, North Adams and later in construction until the outbreak of World War II. He entered the U.S. Army on June 16, 1943 and trained as a radio operator in communications. He served as a corporal with Company C of the 168th Engineer Construction Battalion in the European Theater of Operations. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He also fought in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, The Ardennes and the Rhineland. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, The American Theater Medal, Four Bronze Stars, The Bronze Arrowhead, the World War II Victory Medal, the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal and the Belgian Croix de Guerre for his service.

Following his honorable discharge on July 21, 1947, he returned to North Adams and was employed as a real estate salesperson with Fowler Real Estate of Manchester, N.H. for a few years in the Williamstown office. He then returned to construction work with Hanson Construction of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Before his retirement he was last employed as a supervisor with Cascade School Supplies of North Adams for 32 years.

He was a 50-year resident of Williamstown, and was a communicant of St. Patrick Church of Williamstown. He was a member of the Mount Anthony Country Club of Bennington, Vt., the North Adams Lodge of Elks, the Dr. George Curran Post #996 Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member and past junior vice commander of the Frank Stiles Post # 125 American Legion of North Adams.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Evelyn Mae Berard whom he married on July 8, 1939 in St. Patrick Church, Williamstown (the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1999) and one daughter Nancy A. Spencer of Williamstown, Mass.; three grandchildren, Michael Peter Spencer and Lori Spencer Audet of Cheshire and Jodi Lynn Spencer of Williamstown; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Nicklien Spencer, Garrison Hayden Spencer, Ryan Franklyn Audet and Spencer Allen Haley; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by a sister and two brothers, including Ida Tovani, Pasquale Falbo and Joseph Falbo Sr.

Funeral services will take place Saturday July 26, 2003 at 10:15 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Williamstown.

Burial with military honors will take place in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, July 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for the North Adams Regional Hospital or St. Patrick’s Church through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 23, 2003
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