Frank Joseph Angileri passed away peacefully on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, at his home in Kissimmee. Born October 13, 1926 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, son of Italian immigrants that came through Ellis Island, Catherine and Vicenzo Angileri. He lost both parents early in life and quit school to support his family, working in a marshmallow factory, his uncle's barber shop and construction. Frank loved his country and proudly served with the Navy Seabees during WWII in Okinawa. He is a recipient of "The American Campaign," "The Asian Occupation Service" and "The Asiatic Campaign" medals. After the war, he visited Sicily to find his "roots." There he found the love of his life Joanne. They moved to Miami, where he worked for Delta Airlines starting out as a baggage handler. He finished his education and college at Miami-Dade College and was soon promoted to senior agent then dining service rep as a liason with Marriot. (Remember they used to serve food on flights.) Frank retired after 30 years to Kissimmee. He became a member of the Moose, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He went dancing 2-3 times a week. He loved people and was a good listener with a sunny smile and kind word for all. Not a person he met wasn't his friend. It was not unusual to see him outside in the Elks' parking lot, "closing down the place." He enjoyed good food, fine wine and was known for his long, rambling "toasts"….("hurry up Frank, we're dying of thirst!") Neighbors recall him singing out loud in his immaculately clean garage, or walking in the evening down Brighton Place Boulevard hand in hand with his love Joanne. But mostly, he loved to dance, dance, dance in his trademark red suspenders. He loved being an Elk and was named "Elk of the Month" for orchestrating Elvis Nite, the most profitable in recent history. And they still talk about his homage to the "Ole Blue Eyes" (Frank Sinatra). Frank was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He adored his 2 grandchildren, Elizabeth and Juliette always encouraging them to "think positive" and "follow your dreams." He was equally proud of how his only-child, daughter Katherine homeschooled them to be accepted with scholarships to our Country's top colleges. Juliette, to Boston University, BA in costuming for theatre Elizabeth to Boston College and now the New School in Manhattan, where she is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy. Frank is preceded in death by his parents Catherine and Vicenzo Angileri, his two brothers Phillip and Carlo and his mother's sister Vincenza and her husband Leo Russo, who raised the boys. He leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Joanne, daughter, Katherine and husband Antonio Suergiu, his two grandchildren Elizabeth and Juliette, nephew Phil Angileri and wife Doreen, their children P.J. and his soul-mate Sarah and Gina Oliveira and her husband Mark. Frank loved life. We feel blessed to have shared this life with him. He will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held this Friday, April 29th at the Elks Lodge, #1873, 1655 Kings Highway in Kissimmee, Florida at 1:00PM. Arrangements entrusted to Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee, Florida. 407 847 3131. Go to www.grissomfh.com
to see Frank's memorial page.