Frank M. DeCesero Sr., 77, of Minotola passed away peacefully at home, after a brief illness, on Friday, May 3, 2013, with his wife and family by his side.
Frank was born in Plezzo, Italy, and came here at age 20. His name has been inscribed on the American Immigration Wall of Honor on Ellis Island, N.Y. Harbor. He was in the U.S. Army, 1st Calvary Division, 8th Engineer Battalion serving in Korea on the (DMZ) Demilitarized Zone and received an honorable discharge. He was presented with the Atlantic County Veterans Service medal and received a letter of appreciation from the president of the Republic of Korea. Frank was a member of St. Michael's Church, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Minotola; a proud member and trustee of the VFW Post 158 of Buena; and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 825. He was a past member of the Minotola Fire Company and Rescue Squad, North Italy Club and Landisville Gun Club, and was a part-time Buena police office in the 1960s. Frank enjoyed woodworking, metal fabrication, gardening, cooking, hunting and fishing; but most of all he enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Irene (Mattera); sons, Anthony Sr. (Brenda), Frank Jr. (Lisa); daughter, Deanna (Vincent) Vinciguerra; grandsons, Anthony Jr., Francesco, Christopher, Michael and Angelo DeCesero; sisters, Cesarina (Carmen) Croce of Vineland and Louise Veluscek of Ohio; and brother, Alessandro of Italy. He was predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Anna (Cattani) DeCesero; brother, Mario; and sisters, Marie Francis and Silvia Paoli.
Funeral home visitations will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. and again Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament-Church of St. Michael, 504 West Ave., Minotola. Final disposition will be private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.
Donations in memory of Frank can be made to: Inspira HospiceCare, 223 E. Broadway and Walnut Street, P.O. Box 126, Salem, NJ 08079; or to the
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