CAMPBELL – James “Jimmy” DeFrank, 87,passed away Monday evening, Jan. 28, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
Jimmy was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Youngstown, Ohio the son of James and Michelina (Nuzzo) DiFrancesco.
He was a graduate of East High School and courageously served his country as a rifleman in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.
He was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish.
Jimmy worked for 37 years at U.S. Steel as a millwright and was a member of the United Steelworker’s Union.
He was also a member of the Amerital Italian Club and spent many years in local politics with his dear friend and comparé, Atty. Donald Hanni Sr.
Jimmy was especially proud of his Italian heritage and loved spending time with his family and friends.
He enjoyed making homemade wine, spending time in his garden and traveling to Atlantic City to see and meet Neapolitan singer, Jimmy Roselli.
Jimmy will always be lovingly remembered by his nine children, Jimmy DeFrank Jr., Michelina (Rob) Woolf, Denise DeFrank, Anthony DeFrank, Gina DeFrank, Angelo DeFrank, MaryLynne (Mark) Bellitto, Mary Helen (Khalil) Kamal and Patrick DeFrank; sister-in-law, Ann Barrett, who helped raise his children; 13 grandchildren, Angela, Jaime, Brian, Michael, Kevin, Mandy, Alissa, Sara, Leila, Amira, Marina, MarkAngelo and Tommaso; great-granddaughters, Michelina and Capri; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the love of his life of 49 years, the former Helen Marie Barrett; four sisters, Antoinette, Josephine, Rosie and Annie; and brother, John.
There will be a funeral service at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2,2013 at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, Ohio followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Angela Merici Church in Youngstown, Ohio.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, Ohio.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com
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