COLUMBUS, Ohio (Formerly Youngstown) – Family and friends will gather from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15 at the Schiavone Funeral Home, to celebrate the life of Frank A. Garritano, Jr., 52, who passed away early Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018.
Frank was born May 11, 1965 in Youngstown, to his parents Frank and Lena Tricoli Garritano.
He was a 1983 graduate of Leonard Kirtz School.
After school, he moved to Youngstown Developmental Center where he lived for 35 years. After closure of the facility, he moved to Columbus Developmental Center to be closer to his sister.
Over the past year, he has been active in learning about his new home by attending fun events such as the Ohio State Fair and the Columbus Zoo Lights. Frankie has enjoyed life by spending time in the outdoors on hours of long walks and sitting in the sun. He enjoyed spending time with his peers, listening to music and singing songs. He also loved spending time with his family and going on long car rides.
Frankie has had struggles his whole life related to his disability but he was a friendly, kind and loving man. He has brought joy and blessings to all of his family and his caregivers. It didn’t take long for him to melt your heart and bring happiness to your soul with his deep voice, big smile and contagious laughter. He will truly be missed by all who have known him.
Frank was a wonderful, loving, happy son, brother and uncle, who will be sadly missed by his sisters, Petrina (Robert) Chastain and Tomasina (Derek) Donatelli; his nieces, Lilliana and Victoria Donatelli and all his cousins, family, friends and caregivers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lena Garritano.
Frank’s family would like to give a special thank you to all his caregivers at Columbus Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center who have provided loving and caring care over the years.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Frank at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1125 Turin Street, Youngstown, Ohio, followed by burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Youngstown.
A Memorial will also be held at his home, Columbus Developmental Center, on Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The address is 1601 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.
Contributions may be made to Columbus Developmental Center I and E Fund. The contributions will be set aside in a resident account for entertainment, welfare and habilitation for individuals who live at Columbus Developmental Center.
Funeral arrangements handled by Schiavone Funeral Home.