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Frank A. Fragale

December 31, 2023

Frank Fragale Obituary

Frank passed away on December 31, 2023 at age 78.  He was born in Emporium, PA to the late, Michael and Anna Fragale.  He was also predeceased by his wife, Nanci Fragale; brothers, Michael and Jennie and James and Janice Fragale; sister, Mary Lou Fragale; nephews, Pete Fragale.

Frank is survived by his daughters, Aletha (Charlie) Fragale-Steehler and Christine (Michael) VanDemortel; grandchildren, Angela (Jake) Stacy, Anthony Mosca, Emilee (Aaron Maltese) VanDemortel, and Ryan VanDemortel; great grandchildren, Jaxson and Karter Mosca, Judah and Iris Stacy; siblings, Marlene (Chuck) Farren and John Fragale; several nieces, nephews, and other family.

Frank Lived in the Rochester area for over 50 years.   However, Emporium was always Home.  There was nothing more important to Frank than his family.  Frank was an avid Hunter…Deer, Duck, Turkey, it did not matter as long as he was out with nature and family and friends.  He Loved his annual “Fishing Trips” back home to the “Rats Nest” with his Brothers.  Frank spent the majority of his career at Artcraft Optical. Where not only did he manage the business, he also molded and changed the lives of so many.  

Frank also loved his sports.   He Coached Little League Baseball (The Whips) even though his Girls were not allowed to play.  The Buffalo Bills were his team…. through all the Kelly Ups and Downs to the Allen Ups and Downs.  

Frank was a passionate Gardener…. He loved to can the fruits of his labor especially hot peppers.  

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4 PM – 7 PM on Friday (January 5) at Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapels, 1040 Rte. 31, Macedon, NY 14502. 

Calling hours will also be held locally from 1-4 PM on Sunday (January 7) at Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E 4th St., Emporium, PA 15834.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Monday (January 8) at St. Mark Church, 235 E. 4th St, Emporium, PA at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jeffery Noble as celebrant.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Frank may be directed to Palmyra Community Center, 424 Stafford St., Palmyra, NY 14522 or Avon Nursing Home 215 Clinton St Avon NY 14414. 

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January 7, 2024

10:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Barnett Funeral Home
207 E 4th Street
Emporium, PA 15834

Mass of Christian Burial
January 8, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church (East Fourth Street, PA)


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