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The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME

OBITUARY

Frank S. Chiaravelotti

March 7, 1927January 24, 2020
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LEWISTON – Frank Chiaravelotti, 92, passed away peacefully, Jan. 24, 2020, after a long and full life, still driving himself about town only days before. He was born March 7, 1927 in Lewiston to Italian immigrants Filomena Scianname and Domenico Chiaravelotti.

Frank attended St. Joe’s School and graduated from Lewiston High School and The Culinary Institute of America after returning from his service in the U.S. Navy. He was a WWII veteran, of which he was very proud. In 1949, Frank married Philomena Colello and started a family. He eventually opened the Italian Bakery in 1960 and became a well-known and respected businessman in the community. He worked hands on until his retirement at the age of 79 as his bakery became a landmark in the LA area.

Frank loved a bargain (Mardens) and the casino, as much as for the opportunity to chat with people as to win a jackpot. He loved to talk, whether he knew you or not. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was always interested in other people’s stories. At health visits he usually left learning more about the doctors and nurses than they had learned about him.

Gentle and kind, Frank had a soft spot for animals. Pictures of his beloved pets fill the shelves in his room alongside the family photos. His passion for gardening showed in the beautiful landscape he created at his home, which was occasionally mistaken forhttps://admin.mem.com/sso/newde/9013219#contententry/contributions a public park.

Frank was humble, selfless and fiercely independent, never asking for help yet always eager to help others. He rarely complained. This past year, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his new great grandbabies, Remi and Sam, lighting up whenever he saw them.

In addition to his wife and great-grandchildren, Frank is survived by his children, Linda, Rick (Karen Savage), Mary Radcliffe, Frank, Lisa Chouinard (Tim), Jon and Jamie (Jana); his grandchildren, Erick, Aaron (Becky), Mia and Justin (Danielle) Chiaravelotti, Ashley Rich, Jessica Parker (Brian), Michelle Napoli (Steve), Nikki Kelson (Michael), Jake (Kaila), and Travis (Magda) Chouinard; two brothers and their spouses, Anthony and Mary and Mario ”Sonny” and Barbara, and a sister Adeline Irace. Besides his parents and stepfather, Biagio Cifizzari, Frank was predeceased by a son-in-law, Russ Radcliffe; sisters and spouses, Jennie and Sam Bennett and Isabelle and Lin Clements. Frank will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his family and countless others.

Visitation will be held at The Fortin Group, 217 Turner Street in Auburn from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, (upper church), at 122 Ash Street in Lewiston at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of The Fortin Group Auburn, please visit www.thefortingroupauburn.com to share your heartfelt messages and memories to Frank’s family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Avenue Manchester, Maine. 04351

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to his wife and great-grandchildren, Frank is survived by his children, Linda, Rick (Karen Savage), Mary Radcliffe, Frank, Lisa Chouinard (Tim), Jon and Jamie (Jana); his grandchildren, Erick, Aaron (Becky), Mia and Justin (Danielle) Chiaravelotti, Ashley Rich, Jessica Parker (Brian), Michelle Napoli (Steve), Nikki Kelson (Michael), Jake (Kaila), and Travis (Magda) Chouinard; two brothers and their spouses, Anthony and Mary and Mario ”Sonny” and Barbara, and a sister Adeline Irace. Besides his parents and stepfather, Biagio Cifizzari, Frank was predeceased by a son-in-law, Russ Radcliffe; sisters and spouses, Jennie and Sam Bennett and Isabelle and Lin Clements. Frank will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his family and countless others.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Avenue

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 3, 2020

Memories

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Jane Graziano

February 5, 2020

My condolences on the passing of Frank Chiaravelotti...a very kind man. Happy to have known him. He will be remembered fondly by me and my family.

George Burns

February 3, 2020

Jamie’s father lived a kind life, and must have had so much to do with Jamie’s kind temperament. Condolences to Jamie and family.

George Burns

Vincent Cifizzari

February 3, 2020

I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know Uncle Frank better, in recent years, after a childhood visit in the early 80's. It was easy to feel the kinship and grace he exuded when my Dad and I visited in 2005, and on a more recent visit with my brother. Even with years between visits, he made Lewiston feel like Home. His hospitality, generosity, and genuine interest in our lives will have an everlasting impression on me. (I hope you and Dad are sharing an Eclair). My condolences to his family, from my family. He will be GREATLY missed.

Joyce Underwood

February 3, 2020

2/3/2020 A big Beautiful Star is no longer shining above Lewiston Maine today. Frank made a gigantic impression on so many people in our home town and Androscoggin County. Frank hired one of Rick's friends (Peter Drigotas) my 1st husband when he so needed a job. Frank and Pete use to talk on the phone often. The last time was last month. Pete thought of him as a friend and father. I briefly met Frank and his Mrs. on several occasions and knew most of his children the same way. There was a whole house full of them. What a nice bunch of kids they were. His now grown up children are a true testament to the kind , gentle and humble man that Frank was. We shall miss him dearly. Joyce (Corriveau) Underwood and Peter Drigotas

Roger Bouffard

February 1, 2020

To the Chiaravelotti Family,

Our Condolences to your family. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with Mr. Chiaravelotti comfort you and your family, today and always.

Roger M. & Yvonne F. Bouffard

Nicky Pinkham

January 31, 2020

Lisa, do you remember the time your Dad was insistent that I contact Mary when I arrived in Florida even though I didn’t even know her? That was your Dad - he just loved people and they loved him. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures of your precious and gracious Father! Ed and I are so sorry for your loss. He was the man for sure and will be greatly missed. Hugs.💕
Nicky Pinkham

Connie Harrington

January 30, 2020

I have so many good memories with all the Chiaravelotti. My first job at the bakery and how the family took me in as one of their own. My condolences to everyone and I wish I was in the area to offer them in person. Mr. Chiaravelotti was the sweetest man and a wonderful boss I will cherish my memories at the Italien bakery and the love I had for everyone. Love Connie

Daniel Poulin

January 30, 2020

I worked for Frank at the Italian Bakery and became close to Frank and his family. I am very sad to hear of his passing and feel for the entire family. Frank and I worked as a team for years and he taught me more personally and professionally than any other person in my life other than my parents. He was a very honorable and personable man. I will always cherish all the times I had with Frank and appreciate all the learnings. Delivering bread with Frank was like being with a celebrity. Everybody knew Frank and loved him dearly. I would have to remind him that I was punched in(lol) so we could get going. He honestly was like more like a 2nd dad for me than he would ever know. I will miss him greatly and my prayers are with him and his family.

Clem Bechard

January 30, 2020

Frank will be missed for sure. While working for him as a pastry cook. I always looked forward to Sunday mornings. Frank and I would go. Pick up donuts at Country Kitchen then head to crazy macs in Auburn to pick up egg sandwiches and coffee for everyone back at the Bakery. What they didn’t know is Frank and I would chat and have a great breakfast there before heading back. He did love to talk , also joked around with us . We worked long hours back then but managed to joke around . I always go back and remember the bakery and a special friend of mine.. RIP my friend....

Dan Vachon

January 30, 2020

I never knew him, though I sense I know his son.
Frank S. Chiaravelotti sounds like the kind of man I would have loved to meet and spend some time chatting about what is important in life!
To the family, we say that we are sorry for your loss.
Whatever blessings God has given us in our life, be it people or other, we are grateful. We know that Frank was loaned to us, the world could not have expected to have him forever and nor, should we now look back, except to be thankful!

All of us need to look to tomorrow and the future and savor the memory of Frank and others like him, deep in our hearts.

Dear Father in Heaven bring her home to you and may you have mercy on all our souls! Pax Christi

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Biography

LEWISTON – Frank Chiaravelotti, 92, passed away peacefully, Jan. 24, 2020, after a long and full life, still driving himself about town only days before. He was born March 7, 1927 in Lewiston to Italian immigrants Filomena Scianname and Domenico Chiaravelotti.

Frank attended St. Joe’s School and graduated from Lewiston High School and The Culinary Institute of America after returning from his service in the U.S. Navy. He was a WWII veteran, of which he was very proud. In 1949, Frank married Philomena Colello and started a family. He eventually opened the Italian Bakery in 1960 and became a well-known and respected businessman in the community. He worked hands on until his retirement at the age of 79 as his bakery became a landmark in the LA area.

Frank loved a bargain (Mardens) and the casino, as much as for the opportunity to chat with people as to win a jackpot. He loved to talk, whether he knew you or not. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was always interested in other people’s stories. At health visits he usually left learning more about the doctors and nurses than they had learned about him.

Gentle and kind, Frank had a soft spot for animals. Pictures of his beloved pets fill the shelves in his room alongside the family photos. His passion for gardening showed in the beautiful landscape he created at his home, which was occasionally mistaken forhttps://admin.mem.com/sso/newde/9013219#contententry/contributions a public park.

Frank was humble, selfless and fiercely independent, never asking for help yet always eager to help others. He rarely complained. This past year, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his new great grandbabies, Remi and Sam, lighting up whenever he saw them.

In addition to his wife and great-grandchildren, Frank is survived by his children, Linda, Rick (Karen Savage), Mary Radcliffe, Frank, Lisa Chouinard (Tim), Jon and Jamie (Jana); his grandchildren, Erick, Aaron (Becky), Mia and Justin (Danielle) Chiaravelotti, Ashley Rich, Jessica Parker (Brian), Michelle Napoli (Steve), Nikki Kelson (Michael), Jake (Kaila), and Travis (Magda) Chouinard; two brothers and their spouses, Anthony and Mary and Mario ”Sonny” and Barbara, and a sister Adeline Irace. Besides his parents and stepfather, Biagio Cifizzari, Frank was predeceased by a son-in-law, Russ Radcliffe; sisters and spouses, Jennie and Sam Bennett and Isabelle and Lin Clements. Frank will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his family and countless others.

Visitation will be held at The Fortin Group, 217 Turner Street in Auburn from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, (upper church), at 122 Ash Street in Lewiston at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of The Fortin Group Auburn, please visit www.thefortingroupauburn.com to share your heartfelt messages and memories to Frank’s family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Avenue
Manchester, Maine 0435