Maria "Mary" Frasca
1927 - 2020
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Maria "Mary" Frasca

Indian Wells - Our dear mother Maria "Mary" Frasca, 93, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2020, in her Indian Wells home surrounded by all her children and their spouses.

She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, on March 27, 1927, to immigrant Italian parents Fosco and Olga Petri.

Her early years were molded by her parent's love of America and its opportunities, the Great Depression, and World War II in which her two brothers Aldo and Frank served.

She graduated from North High School in 1945 where she made and kept many great friends, including classmates Madeline Bozzeli and Lucy Yacobucci whom she had known since first grade. After high school she worked at Ohio Bell as a switchboard operator until 1951, when she married her husband Tony of 36 years and started their family. Her husband was a large force in her life during their time together and until her death.

Our Mom Mary loved the arts. As a teenager she was a "TeenyBopper" , and when she was a young woman she loved going to New York to hear the Jazz musicians of her day. Mary loved to read and had her special chair at the Stow Public Library, one of her favorite places. And she endeared herself to us and our city as an actress in Stow's little theater, The Stow Players, where she was reknowned for her classic portrayal of Opal, In "Everybody Loves Opal". One of the other highlights of her performing career was when she sang a set of standards at her son Dominic's New York City club in front of family and friends.

As a parent she stayed busy being a room mother and emceeing fundraisers throughout the many years her children were in school. Her interest in politics took her to working at the polls for the Summit County Election Board. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, another focal point of the family's life.

In 2005 she moved to California to be close to her children.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband Anthony Frasca.

She leaves her legacy to her children Maria (Jim) Wahl of Indian Wells, Nick (Julie) Frasca of Palm Desert, Claudia (Giulio) DiNapoli of Rome, Italy, Monica (George) Simone of Las Vegas, Paula Frasca of Los Angeles, Dominic (Angie) Frasca of Los Angeles, grandchildren Tony (Diana) Frasca of Austin, Texas, Nikki (Matt) Waider of Santee, California, three beautiful great-grandchildren Cohen, Miles, and Silas Waider, and her "adopted" son Michael Bostaph, all of whom she loved dearly. The last four years of her life included her caregiver, Roger Wheatley, who made her life so comfortable.

Mary will be interred next to her husband at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Desert, California, or Holy Family Church, Stow, Ohio.

Her family loved her and will miss everything about her.




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Published in The Desert Sun from May 18 to May 20, 2020.
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May 21, 2020
hat a wonderful person Mary Frasca! I was very fortunate to have her children in my sixth grade class at Highland Elementary in Stow. She was a great room mother and never turned down a request, She was instrumental in helping with our Washington DC trip to Nixon's inauguration in 73,although she rode the McGovern Bus,my bus! LOL We were escorted out of the Pentagon due to our black arm bands in protest to the Vietnam War. What a character she was. in 77 she and a few of us went to Carter's inauguration and had a ball! I feel very fortunate to have known Mary! Bob Neitz
robert Neitz
May 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Maria and Frasca family. So sad losing a parent. May your memories give you peace.
Bonni & Lee Quinn
Bonni Quinn
May 21, 2020
Very saddened to read of the passing of Mrs. Frasca. What an amazing life. I have very fond memories of walking to the Frasca house from Highland Elementary with my good friend Dominic. She was one of the friendliest, most welcoming ladies and always ready to make us some of the best "poor man's pizza" in Stow! My sincerest condolences to the whole Frasca family during this difficult time. She was a wonderful person.
Keith Keller
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May 20, 2020
Prayers and condolences to the Frasca family. I love this family and I have suc great memories.
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May 20, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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