Carmen Fragnito, 90, of Batavia, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday (June 1, 2013) while under Niagara Hospice care.
He was born in San Giorgio, Italy on February 1, 1923, a son of the late Giuseppe and Rosa Cicarelli Fragnito.
His loving wife, Mary Pope Fragnito died in November of 2008.
Carmen was a member of the former St. Anthony's Church, St. Nicholas Social Club and present member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Veness-Strollo Post in Batavia. Prior to his retirement he was employed by the City of Batavia Water Department as a supervisor. He served with the US Army from February of 1943 to December 1945 in New Guinea, Southern Philippines where he earned the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Star, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Surviving is his daughter and son in law, Rosemary and Richard Dever of Lockport and a son, Daniel Fragnito. Grandchildren: Richard (Kari) Van Dever, Lisa (William) Callahan, Brian (Julie) Dever, Steven Dever and Christine Dever. Great-grandchildren: Nathaniel, Melina and Carson, Shane and Ryan, Lianna and Chloe. A sister, Florence Barnes of Batavia and sisters in law: Josephine Fragnito of Batavia and Connie Fragnito of Rochester. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive. He is the brother of the late Mario Fragnito and Joseph Fragnito Jr.
Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Thursday from 1 - 3 and 6 - 8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, where prayers will be Friday at 10:15am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Joseph A. Gullo, Celebrant, his godchild and nephew, at 11:00am at Resurrection Parish, (St. Mary's Church, 20 Ellicott St. Batavia). Entombment with full Military Honors will follow at the Rev. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to the Autism Society of America, WNY Chapter, 19 Limestone Dr., Williamsville, NY 14221 or Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.
Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
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