December 7, 1925 – January 13, 2019
Frank Mendillo, Age 93, husband of Carmel of Clinton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13. His family and close friends were by his side.Frank was born on December 7, 1925, in New Haven, CT, to the late parents of Antonio Mendillo and Antoinette Biondi.
Frank was a veteran of WWII and served in the US NAVY aboard the USS Pringle. The ship was attacked and sank in the South Pacific in April of 1945. Frank and the surviving members were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for hours before being rescued. For his service he has received the WWII Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
Frank was a lifelong resident of Clinton, where he made his life with Carmel and their two children Doreen and Frank Jr. He worked as a garment cutter in the New Haven area for fifty years.
He enjoyed singing, dancing and was often known as the “life of the party’’.
Frank was also a grandfather to Kaitlin and Garett Wieczorek, who have been a part of his generosity and humerous ways from childhood to their adult lives. Frank is survived by his wife Carmel of 66 years, his son Frank Jr., his daughter Doreen Wieczorek, his son-in-law Douglass and his grandchildren Kaitlin and Garett Wieczorek.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends who will always remember him with a smile.
Funeral services will begin from the Swan Funeral Home, Clinton , CT, on Saturday, January 19, followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 10 A.M. at St Mary’s Church, Clinton ,CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven, CT.
Visitation hours will be Friday, January 18, from 4 to 8 P.M. at the Swan Funeral home.
- Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, January 19, 2019
- Burial Saturday, January 19, 2019
January 31, 2019
Cousin Frank. Those two words would bring a smile to the face of anyone in our family, for as far back as I can remember. Cousin Frank. What a guy. While I love ALL my cousins, there was something about Frank. He could brighten any room with the force of his personality. His singing at weddings, parties, or anytime at all really, would get everyone clapping and yelling for ENCORE. His rendition of Sinatra’s My Way is legendary. His teasing of Cousin Charlie could bring me to tears. “Who said look at the head on Charlie?” I can’t believe he’s really gone. Connie, Frank and Doreen are so very lucky to have had him for so many years. And we were all blessed to have known him. The memories will always be there, bringing a warm feeling to our hearts each time we think of him.
Cousin Frank. I miss you already, forever.