Frank Samuel Romano
Federal Way, WA - Frank Samuel Romano, 98, a longtime Springfield resident, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Luxury Adult Family Home in Federal Way, Wash.
He was born Feb. 3, 1916, in Alton to Salvatore and Anna Terranova Romano. Frank married Cecelia Vallar on June 20, 1942.
His wife, parents, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Rose Ann (John) McRoberts of Edgewood, Wash., and Cecelia Renee Romano (Robert Sherwood) of Champaign, Ill.; one son, John Francis Romano (Lori J. Schisler) of Springfield; four grandchildren: John Michael, Shawn and Kim McRoberts and Angela Sherwood; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Anthony J. Romano of Alton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Frank was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church. He was a shop instructor at St. James Trade School for 29 years; he also worked for the State of Illinois as a meat inspector for 11 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1946. He was a member of the American Legion 32 and a life member of VFW Post 10302.
Frank was a member of the Springfield Municipal Band for 45 years and the American Federation of Musicians #798. He was in the Charles Rogers Orchestra and founding member of Frank Mort Jazz Combo.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014, at St. Cabrini Church, the Rev. Joseph Ring officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted.
Memorials may be made to the Springfield Municipal Band. Please make checks payable to the City of Springfield and place on memo line, Muni Band. Mail c/o Brian Barstead, 700 S. Grand Ave. W., Springfield, IL 62704.
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