Francis J. Lentini, 95, of Middletown, husband of Phyllis (Barone) Lentini, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday January 25, 2013.He was born in Portland, CT on November 2, 1917 to the late Carrado and Mary Lentini and was a lifelong resident of the Middletown area.
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Frank was proud to be a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, fighting for and serving our country overseas in Belgium, France, England and Germany. He loved to regale his family with his many "war stories" .He worked for over 50 years in the retail business at many stores throughout the New England area including Caldor's and Sears in Middletown. He worked at Pratt and Whitney's Middletown plant until his retirement in 1984.
In addition to his devoted wife of over 70 years, Frank leaves behind a son, Francis and his wife Michele of Middletown and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Lentini of Vero Beach, Florida, three grandsons-Ian Collins, Matthew Lentini, and Michael Lentini of Middletown and a granddaughter, Amanda Collins of Middletown. Frank also leaves his sister, Genevieve Reale, of Bradenton, Florida and many nieces and nephews.. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Alfred, Charlie, and Ned. He was also predeceased by his two grown children, Linda Lentini Collins and Thomas Lentini.
Frank was a jack-of-all-trades and a master at fixing almost anything. He and Phyllis have been active members of St. John Church in Middletown for decades. He served as an usher for years and was always involved in completing creative projects for the church from signs to displays to altar decorations, many of which the parishioners still enjoy today. He always had that beautiful smile on his face and a kind word or a helping hand for everyone. He often left strangers on the street smiling at his jokes and keen sense of humor. Frank loved his family above all else and greatly enjoyed our family dinners and celebrations. He was a member of the Elks Club for years and remains a member of the Sons of Italy and the Knights of Columbus. In recent years, he enjoyed meeting up with his old pals at "The Club" at the South Main Street McDonald's restaurant on weekday mornings.
The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Middlesex Memorial Hospital, especially the loving and devoted caregivers of the Hospice Center.
.Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 31 at St. John Church in Middletown at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may call at the D'Angelo Funeral Home, 22 South Main Street, Middletown on Wednesday, January 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Frank's name can be made to the St. John Church Renovation Fund. For online condolences, please visit dangelofuneralhome.com.
Published in The Middletown Press on Jan. 28, 2013