It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank "Frankie" LaPaglia, a gentle soul and well-known individual about town, on Tuesday.
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A beloved brother, uncle and friend to the community. Frank was often seen in the vicinity of courthouse square near Sheeley's drugstore.
He lived a long life. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan.11, 1947, the son of the late Joseph and Dominica Crivelli LaPaglia, Frank struggled with mental challenges all his life. And although he struggled to lead a normal life, he managed to accumulate a multitude of friends and turned many a smile. Frank was well known and had many friends in the Scranton area.
He was accepted into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ and passed peacefully in his sleep. God uses man to act as angels on Earth and Frank was one of them.
The LaPaglia and Caswell family would like to thank all that interacted with our beloved Frank and treated him with kindness. There are so many lives he touched, we would have to dedicate a whole page to all of you. The community was our extended family, eyes and ears on Frank, and for that, we extend our deepest gratitude.
Surviving are four sisters, Mary LaPaglia Caswell, Scranton; Anna LaPaglia Burnett, Scranton; Josephine LaPaglia Lester and husband, Laird Lester, Topeka, Kan.; Felice LaPaglia Serrian, Scranton; two brothers, Michael LaPaglia, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Anthony LaPaglia, Scranton; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
The funeral will be Monday at 9 a.m. from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. The family would like to welcome all his friends to come and have one last coffee and smoke with Uncle Frank.
The family would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, any donations be sent to Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, PA 18505, to the Frank LaPaglia Memorial Coffee Fund. All proceeds to go toward his funeral expenses, donations received above his funeral expenses will be donated to the Advocacy Alliance and the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.
Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc
436 Cedar Ave
Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 8, 2014