OBITUARY

Francesco DeBartolo

April 14, 1953May 12, 2019
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Francesco DeBartolo, age 66, peacefully passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marianne DeBartolo; children, Jessica (Stephen) Fantin, Francesco A. (Kara) DeBartolo, and Brian DeBartolo; grandchildren, Liam DeBartolo, Brianna DeBartolo, Gianluca Fantin, Francesca Fantin, and Alexander Fantin; siblings, Carmen (Sara) DeBartolo, Dolores (Joseph) Caparelli, Anna (late David) Grubisic, Marisa DeBartolo, Robert (Cheri) DeBartolo, Renato (late Gail) DeBartolo, and Marcello (late Carrie) DeBartolo; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Preceded in death by his brother, Giuseppe (late Lynn) DeBartolo. Francesco was born April 14, 1953 in Falconara, Italy to the late Antonio and Marietta (nee Baffa) DeBartolo. After immigrating to the United States in 1968, he had a career at LTV Steel. After starting his family, he and Marianne opened their own construction company, DeBartolo Construction and Remodeling, Inc. They then went on in the early 2000s to start their own pool company with their sons, Royal Pools and More, from which he semi-retired in 2016. He and Marianne enjoyed their years together traveling, spending their winters at their home in Florida, and enjoying their grandchildren. Frank was a loving son, brother, husband, father, nonno, uncle, and friend to many, and will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church (9330 Wicker Avenue St. John, IN) beginning with prayers at 9:00 AM at the funeral home. Entombment to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Crown Point, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 3:00-8:00 PM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN. Online condolences may be left at chapellawnfunerals.com

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  • Francesco DeBartolo, age 66, peacefully passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
    He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marianne DeBartolo; children, Jessica (Stephen) Fantin, Francesco A. (Kara) DeBartolo, and Brian DeBartolo; grandchildren, Liam DeBartolo, Brianna DeBartolo, Gianluca Fantin, Francesca Fantin, and Alexander Fantin; siblings, Carmen (Sara) DeBartolo, Dolores (Joseph) Caparelli, Anna (late David) Grubisic, Marisa DeBartolo, Robert (Cheri) DeBartolo, Renato (late Gail) DeBartolo, and Marcello (late Carrie) DeBartolo; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
    Preceded in death by his brother, Giuseppe (late Lynn) DeBartolo.
    Francesco was born April 14, 1953 in Falconara, Italy to the late Antonio and Marietta (nee Baffa) DeBartolo.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 17, 2019

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Linda Boros

May 17, 2019

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."Maya Angelou
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of great sadness to your family.
After reading comments on facebook, I have to say Frank made many feel special, and many loved him. Some posts had me in tears Mother's Day evening as I was in shock to this news. His dash in life has been fulfilled and special, and may you have all the beautiful memories held dearly. May Frank be free of pain, and your guardian angel and in comfort of family once again, in that next realm of love & light. Love Always, Linda & Brian Boros

Maria Ceska

May 17, 2019

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Words even though kind and heartfelt can not mend the immense heartache you and your family are experiencing; but maybe you can find comfort knowing you are loved and we share in your loss and we’ll be here through it all for you.

May you and your family find strength when you think of the love you shared with Frank. Know that there is always a shoulder here to lean on, and when you feel like you can't take anymore-We will be there to take it on; When you feel your sorrow-We will be there to console you; When you need to laugh-We will remind you of better times. Frank loved you all, he loved his whole family with all his heart-he knew kindness, respect, consideration and love from you all-may those thoughts help console and mend your broken hearts; knowing his life was good-and because of your love for him, it made his life a Great one. Again, with a heavy heart my deepest condolences.

Cathy Nelson

May 16, 2019

I never met Frank but felt like I knew him very well through the stories Jessica shared with me. I understood he had a heart of gold as big as his sense of humor and his willingness to make a positive impact on anyone he met. I hope Frank knows how his Grandchildren will remember their loving Nono. Remind them that he's only a thought away. I wish I had met Frank but even without meeting him he made such a huge impact on me. Imagine if I had the pleasure of knowing him. For the family please accept my deepest sympathy. The world was a lot brighter with Frank in it but heaven has gained an amazing Angel.

Hal and Rose Higdon

May 14, 2019

We always enjoyed seeing Frank at family gatherings. He was one of the "Falconarese," who formed such a strong part of our family. We will miss him.

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Biography

Francesco DeBartolo, age 66, peacefully passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Francesco was born April 14, 1953 in Falconara, Italy to the late Antonio and Marietta (nee Baffa) DeBartolo. After immigrating to the United States in 1968, he had a career at LTV Steel. After starting his family, he and Marianne opened their own construction company, DeBartolo Construction and Remodeling, Inc. They then went on in the early 2000s to start their own pool company with their sons, Royal Pools and More, from which he semi-retired in 2016. He and Marianne enjoyed their years together traveling, spending their winters at their home in Florida, and enjoying their
grandchildren.
Frank was a loving son, brother, husband, father, nonno, uncle, and friend to many, and will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.