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Frank Monteleone (1928 - 2013)

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Frank Monteleone went to his heavenly rest on Sunday, November 24, 2013.
He was 85 years old.
Frank was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 23, 1928 to Mae and Peter Monteleone.
He attended Brooklyn Tech High School, served his country in the National Guard and,
at 21, married Fay (Panciarello) in Queens, NY where they lived until 1989.
Frank worked as an electrical technician with Sperry Gyroscope, a large defense
contractor on Long Island, for 43 years, mostly as an advocate for the workers in the
union, both as shop steward and, later, on the executive board. Frank was always
looking out for 'the little guy'.
Even when he retired to Vero Beach, Florida in 1989, he was very involved in his Home
Owners Association and attended County Commissioners meetings. He volunteered
as a 'Guardian ad Litem' for children in St. Lucie County and tutored in a first grade
In 2007 he and Fay moved to Willits to be with their daughters. Even as his health
failed he attended community meetings and was a great supporter of The Willits Kids
Club. His family figures that he is busy organizing something or someone in the next
life already.
Frank had a passion for traveling, for being near the ocean, for all things historical, for
maps and sailing vessels. He could 'name-that-tune' for all the songs of the forties, and
danced the lindy like a pro. Always a sharp dresser, he wouldn't turn down a good game
of Texas Hold'em either.
But most of all, Frank loved his family. He is survived by Fay Monteleone, his cherished
wife of 63 years, daughters Diane Monteleone and Susan Monteleone, daughter-in-law
Kris Wagner, brother Joseph Monteleone, several nieces and nephews and his grandson,
Ruben Rathje.
The family would like to thank Phoenix Hospice and all the wonderful caregivers who
made his last weeks so filled with love. Sail on, Frank. You will be missed, but never
ever forgotten.
Published in Willits News from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014