Frank A. Steele

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Frank A. Steele

February 19, 1927 - November 30, 2018

Frank A. Steele Frank A. Steele, a lifelong resident of Farrell, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2018, in UPMC Jameson Hospital, New Castle. He was 91.
Mr. Steele was born Feb. 19, 1927, in Farrell, a son of Anthony "Buddy" and Tomasina (Meli) Steele. He graduated from Farrell High School in 1945 and was drafted into the U.S. Army. A proud veteran, Frank served in the European Theatre of Operation during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Grove City College and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
As a young man, Frank worked as a substitute teacher at Farrell High School during the day and at the former Sharon Transformer division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. in the evenings.
He then owned and operated the former Castle Beer Distributing Co., New Castle, for more than 40 years.
Frank was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell.
Active in his respective communities, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 512, the New Castle Business Administration and Ducks Unlimited, all New Castle; the Sons of Italy and American Legion Post 299, both Sharon; the VFW, Post 5286, Farrell; and the Shenango Valley Wolves Club.
An avid outdoorsman, Frank loved hunting and fishing.
Affectionately known by many as "Uncle," he was a devout family man who particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
His beloved wife, the former Olinda V. "Ollie" Gianni (Johns), whom he married Aug. 31, 1949, passed away Jan. 9, 2004.
Frank is survived by a daughter, Gina M. (Joseph) Alberico, Seffner, Fla.; a son, Anthony J. Steele, Sharon; three grandchildren, Joyan (Steve) Urda, Hermitage; Natalie (Nathan) Wheeler, Kentucky; and Nicole Steele, Pittsburgh; three great-grandchildren, Ava and Matthew Urda and Trinity Wheeler; and three step-great-grandchildren, Adriana, Jeremy and Zachary Wheeler.
In addition to his wife and parents, Frank was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose Davis, Jacqueline Pagliaroli and Josephine Marmo; and two brothers, Philip and Joseph LaRusse.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, PA 16121.

Frank A., 91, Farrell.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (12-4-18) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday (12-5-18) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant.
Full military honors will be rendered by the Farrell VFW, Wheatland American Legion and West Middlesex VFW Honor Guard.
Interment: St. Anthony Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on December 1, 2018
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