Frank P. Pisano

Frank P. Pisano, Sr., 91, passed away on March 10, 2014, in Providence, Rhode Island surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Annie E. (Vanchina) Pisano (departed 2005). Life-long residents of Gary, West Virginia, Frank and Annie moved to Rhode Island in 2002 to be near two of their children. Born in Filbert, West Virginia, on December 9, 1922, Frank was the third son of Noe and Angelina (Novella) Pisano. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Dan and Pete Pisano, and sisters Philomena Stone and Theresa Nieto. He is survived by his loving children: his son Frank Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, his son Anthony (Tony) with whom he lived, and his daughter, Frances and her partner Cyndi Davis of Providence and David Frye of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania who was like a son to Frank for many years. In addition, Frank is survived by his granddaughter, Nicki Howland and three great-grandsons, Robbie, Justin and Coby, all of Houston, Texas; sister-in-laws Helen Pisano of Woodbridge, Virginia, Margaret Long of Chester Township, Michigan, Liz Vanchina of Roseville, Michigan and Alice Vanchina of Arizona. He was also the proud Uncle and Great-Uncle to many wonderful and very special nephews and nieces. A veteran of the United States Army, Frank served our country during World War II as a Staff Sergeant, European Theater of Operations, 822nd Ordnance Base Depot Company, stationed in England. After service, he married Annie Vanchina in August 1945. They lived in Detroit Michigan for a short period of time where Frank completed select business management courses at the University of Michigan – Extension. He and Annie ultimately returned to West Virginia where Frank worked for US Steel Corporation and they raised their family. He retired as the General Supervisor of Staff Accounting USS in 1983. Frank was not only a devoted husband and father, but he always considered himself blessed through the many friendships in his life, both old and new. He strongly believed in service to his church and to the community. He was an active member of Post 8 of the American Legion – Welch, West Virginia; he served as Chef de Gare of the W. E. Eubank Voiture 1171, “40 & 8” Society of the American Legion; he was a member of the Welch Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions International Foundation for dedicated humanitarian services. Frank was very active in various community projects and in devoted service to his parish, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. The Pisano family is being served by The Butterfield Home and Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, Rhode Island. Friends will be received at a visitation from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Thursday March 13, 2014, in The Butterfield Chapel. In fulfillment of Frank’s wishes, he will begin his journey home to West Virginia. The family is being served there by Seaver Funeral Home 1507 N. Walker Street, Princeton, West Virginia. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday March 16th, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the funeral home. A Vigil Prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Frank on Monday morning at 11:00am in Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Gary, West Virginia with Father Dan Pisano, beloved nephew, as the celebrant. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell, West Virginia. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church P.O. Box 130 Gary, West Virginia 24836 or to the charity of your choice. Frank’s deep kindness and compassion will forever fill the hearts of those lives he touched. We are all blessed to have experienced his sweet spirit and learn from his profound wisdom. Frank leaves behind many hearts filled with loving gratitude. He will be deeply missed. In honor of Frank, we ask that you each “pay forward” an act of loving-kindness and carry on his mission to create a better world.

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Mare Zanfagna - 03/12/2014

Dear Frances, so deeply sorry for the loss of your dad, he was a wonderful man. I have many fond memories of him and your mom. With deepest sympathy and blessings...Mare, Matthew and Joseph

Patty Petrillo - 03/12/2014

Frank was such a wonderful, kind, gentleman. He taught me many life lessons. I will miss him greatly. I will always remember him and I am so happy that he will be returning to the place he belongs... " West Virginia".

Johnny Trrrats - 03/13/2014

Frank was the kindest and most caring person who loved his family dearly and shared his generous spirit and wisdom with all who came to know him. Words cannot express the loss of this exceptional man. My loving thoughts and condolences go out to the Pisano family and friends for the loss of their beloved.

Susan Keenan - 03/13/2014

So sorry for the loss of Frank. He was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have ever known. He (and Annie) always made me feel so welcome and part of the family. He will be missed.

Ken Long - 03/13/2014

I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing Fran, Tony and Frank. I will miss your Dad! I could listen to him tell stories forever...I especially will remember the unlit cigar sticking out of his mouth..:) Love - KL

Jen and Justin Funches - 03/13/2014

Franny, We were so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You and Cyndi are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jen and Justin

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