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Frank M. Fanelli, 94, of Hermitage, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 1, 2018) in UPMC Horizon Hospital, Farrell.
Mr. Fanelli was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of Anthony and Carmella (Passerella) Fanelli.
He was a 1941 graduate of Sharon High School.
Following high school, Frank was employed at the former Carnegie Steel, Sharon, until he was drafted into the Army. He proudly served during World War II in Italy and Africa.
Frank returned home and worked as a bartender at the New Deal Club, Farrell, before he began at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. until its closing. Lastly, Frank was employed as a bartender at the former Swirl Inn, Hermitage.
A musician, Frank played in the Pat Arcade Band for several years and gave music lessons at Marks Music when it was located in Farrell.
He enjoyed working outside, tending his large gardens and reading.
Frank was a kindhearted man and was very family oriented. He cherished time with his family and was adamant about caring for his wife.
Frank was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell. He was also a former longtime member of the New Deal Club.
Frank is survived by: his wife, the former Victoria Russo, whom he married on June 6, 1959; and a daughter, Carmelyn Fanelli, Hermitage.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; four sisters, Jenny Esposito, Mary Slemmer, Florence Liro and Josephine Tamburro; and two brothers, Joseph and Nick Fanelli.
The family suggest memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, PA 16121.

Frank M., 94, of Hermitage.
Calling hours, service: None. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Burial: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on February 2, 2018
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