Frank A. DeSorbo, 81, formerly of Leominster, passed away peacefully in UMass Medical Center, Worcester, after an illness.
Born Nov. 4, 1939, in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of Anthony F. DeSorbo, Carmella DeSorbo; and his stepmother, Josephine (DiPofi) DeSorbo, who also raised him.
Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 and a half years, June C. (Fournier) DeSorbo; three children, Mark A. DeSorbo and his wife Jeannine, of Leominster, Anne L. Blair and her husband Reynolds, of Haymarket, VA, and Matthew F. DeSorbo and his wife Kirsten, of Medway, MA; four grandchildren, Benjamin Blair, Samuel Blair, Olive DeSorbo and Mavis DeSorbo; many close-knit cousins and several nieces and nephews.
A life-long educator, Frank earned two Masters' Degrees and a PhD. from Fordham and New York universities, respectfully. He began his career teaching American history to middle and high school students in Troy, NY. He was then a founding faculty member of both SUNY Old Westbury in Old Westbury, NY, and Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY, where he remained for 15 years, as a tenured professor of American history, anthropology and American government as well as chair of the Social Sciences division. In 1984, Frank joined Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) as the Chair of the Social Science Division. He later was named Dean of Academic Affairs, retiring in 2002. Even after retiring, Frank pursued his passion for education and teaching as an adjunct professor at MWCC, Fitchburg State University and Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.
As a member of St. Anna Parish of Leominster, he served on the Board of Directors for St. Anna School. After moving to Westminster, in 2010, he became a communicant of St. Edward the Confessor Church. Frank was also a member of the Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State and served on the Historical Commission of Gardner. Frank was an avid and talented wood carver and golfer, and he took great pride in spending time with his grandchildren, who lovingly called him "Pop Pop."
Friends and family are invited to attend visiting hours in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main St., Westminster, on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 5 to7 PM. His funeral will be held from the funeral home at 9AM with a Mass at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 10 Church St. Westminster at 10AM. Burial will follow in Woodside Cemetery, Westminster. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society
, 30 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.
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John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors View the online memorial for Frank A. DeSorbo, 81
Published by Sentinel & Enterprise on Jul. 7, 2021.