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Obituary - Francis J. (Frank) Giacovelli

Francis J. (Frank) Giacovelli

Date of Passing: November 30th, 2011

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In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Gianna Rose VanPelt Memorial Fund, c/o the Crouse Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Francis J. (Frank) Giacovelli, 85, retired Utica fireman, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, with his loving family at his bedside. He was born and educated in Utica, the son of Paul and Rosa Angelillo. On August 6, 1949 Frank married the former Lorraine Gagnon in St. Francis DeSales Church. They shared a blessed union of 48 years. His beloved Lorraine passed away on December 12, 1997. Frank proudly served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a professional firefighter in the City of Utica for 34 years, retiring in 1988. He was also employed by the Caruso Cheese Company for many years. Frank was a 45 year member of the American Legion Post 229 and a member of the IAFF, Local 32, of the Firefighters Union. Frank touched the lives of all who knew him, and he enjoyed his Sunday visits to Cafe Caruso. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Josephine Giacovelli, Deerfield; his daughter and son-in-law, Frances (Missy) and Ralph Lucia, Cassville; a sister, Mary Cocus, Seattle, Washington; a cousin, Dominick Angelillo, Utica; his in-laws, Gilbert and Barbara Gagnon, Horseheads, New York, and Joseph Oczkowski, Deerfield; six beloved grandchildren, Erin and Steve VanPelt, John and Lonna Giacovelli, Anne Giacovelli, Dr. Amie Lucia and husband, Dr. Lee Cummings, Carrie and Russell Tinker, and Sarah Lucia; four great-grandchildren, Brady and Natalia VanPelt, and John III and Arianna Giacovelli; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Paul Henry Giacovelli; a sister-in-law, Janet Oczkowski; a brother-in-law, Henry Gagnon; his cousin, Marie Angelillo; and his great-granddaughter, Gianna Rose VanPelt. Calling hours for family and friends will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 3-6 p.m. at the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m., at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Joseph Salerno. Private interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family would like to thank the U.F.D. Emergency Services, Dr. David Petrie and the ICU staff at St. Luke's Hospital. A special thank you is extended to Dr. Scott Brehaut and ICU Nurse Kim for their compassion and attentiveness to our father at a very difficult time.


John, Jo and Missy, I am soooo sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.
Lisa Garofalo

John and Jo, I am so sorry for your loss and wish I could have come to the calling hours.
Lori Borges

John, Missy and families My deepest condolences. Uncle Frank was a special man. What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived, and that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
Carolyn Kelly