Francis Joseph "Frank" Rotondo
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88, of Uhrichsville, formerly of Dennison, passed away at Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia on April 22, 2014 after a period of declining health. Born March 8, 1926 in Lafferty, Ohio, he was a son of the late Vito and Mary Rosa (Dichiera) Rotondo. Frank proudly served his country in the 4th Marine Division during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After being stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii for two years, he was dispatched to fight in the battle for Iwo Jima. After an honorable discharge, Frank spent five years working for the Standard Oil Company on the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, and frequent trips across the Atlantic delivering and picking up oil in Europe. A resident of the Twin City area for most of his life, his remaining work years were spent in the Vitrified Clay industry with the Superior Clay Corporation. Frank's leisure time was spent doing what he loved most, being in and near the water. As an avid fan of all water sports, Frank water skied and did flips off the diving board until his early 70's. As a member of Dennison's south side gardening crew, Frank enjoyed sharing his vegetables with the local neighbors. Hot peppers were the favorite crop among them, which resulted in eating contests at Joe Berni's store, the infamous south side hangout where many a challenger succumbed to the "Heat." Frank also had an unusual bond with the neighborhood children. With his gentle manner and fun loving attitude, they often knocked on his door with the sincere question, "Can Frank come out and play?' Because of his friendly, easy going personality and timeless sense of humor, Frank bridged the age gap across several generations of people, all of whom he touched in his own special way.
On May 11, 1950, Frank married the former Audrey Grace "Arge" Ezzi who preceded him in death on May 13, 1983. Frank is survived by a son, Richard A. Rotondo and his wife, Dinah, of Dennison; granddaughters, Lindsay (Greg) Williams of Bolivar and Keeley (Albert) Brown Tase of Charlotte, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Alan and Tessa Leigh Williams. Frank is also survived by his aunt, Lena Dichiera of Dennison; a sister, Anne E. Graham of New Philadelphia; three nieces, Chris Ezzi, Mrs. Kathy (Rick) Rieger and Mrs. Michelle Richardson; and five nephews, John (Mary) Free, Jim (Brenda) Rotondo, Vic Rotondo, Kenny Rotondo and Patrick (Anna) Graham. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ann; a sister, Theresa Marie Free; a brother and sister-in-law, James V. and Deidre Rotondo; a brother in law, Patrick Graham; and grandson Dustin Brown.
Frank was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison.
A graveside service, officiated by Fr. Anthony Lonzo, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25, in St. Mary's Cemetery near Dennison. In keeping with Frank's wishes, no public visitation is planned. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 and the
, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd. N., Cleveland, OH 44131.
R. K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. - Dennison
26 Grant St.
Dennison, OH 44621
Published in The Times Reporter on Apr. 24, 2014