Frank A. LaMonica Sr.

January 9, 1911December 30, 2012

Frank A. “Diz” LaMonica passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY, following a brief illness. His devoted wife Jo-Ann, and daughter Judith DiMartin, were at his side. He was 101 and to be 102 on January 9.

Known fondly as “Diz” La Monica, he was born in Oneonta, NY on January 9, 1911, the son of immigrant parents from Palermo, Sicily. “Diz” grew up with brothers, Samuel and Carl, and sisters, Marian and Sylvia, who predeceased him, on Market Street and Watkins Avenue in Oneonta.

He worked in the family banana sales company, and family bowling alley business, becoming its president. During the 1940’s, “Diz” promoted amateur boxing for the Oneonta Recreation Commission under Dutch Damaschke, and trained local athletes Butch Katanic, Kid Cuyle, Brad Blasetti, and Dom Mastro. In 1949, he opened the La Monica Beverage Company, serving as its president until his retirement in 1986.

Mr. La Monica is survived by his wife, the former Jo-Ann Bridger, and they resided at Emmons Heights, Oneonta, NY. He was also survived by his daughter Judith DiMartin, two (2) grandchildren, Tracey Smith, and her husband, Paul, and Frank Di Martin, and three (3) great-grandchildren, Dalton Smith, Dakota Smith and Robert Di Martin.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mona, a daughter, Michelle and a son, Frank.

Mr. La Monica supported community businesses and served on the boards of numerous organizations, including as a director of Wilber National Bank; director of the Oneonta Athletic Corporation, which owned the Oneonta Yankees, then Oneonta Tigers. “Diz” was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, donating the St. Mary’s School Chapel. He sponsored a Little League team for over 25 years, and was a steadfast supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, the Oneonta Police Benevolent Association, the Oneonta County Sheriff’s Association, and the Otsego County Red Cross.

Hartwick College named Mr. La Monica its Citizen of the Year in 1989. He was a long standing member of the Brotherhood of Elks #1312, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club, an officer of the Otsego County Boating Association, and a National Bowling Hall of Fame inductee.

City of Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller and the Oneonta Common Council proclaimed January 9, 2011, as “Diz” La Monica Day in Oneonta. Their Resolution requested that all members of the Oneonta community honor “Diz” and express their affection and admiration in celebration of the life he had led.

“Diz” was a friend to many, including among others, his long standing fellow gin players at the Elks club. Family and friends will remember "Diz" as a generous, approachable man with a special sense of good humor and belief in his community.

A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church, Walnut Street, Oneonta, NY with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call at St. Mary’s Church on Friday, January 4, 2012 from 4 to 7 PM at which time the family will be in attendance.

The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions may be made to Oneonta Elks BPOE 1312.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2013
  • Mass Saturday, January 5, 2013

Frank A. LaMonica Sr.

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January 14, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope your hundreds of memories will help ease your pain. Sincerely, Deb Morrison

January 10, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and the family. Diz was a wonderful asset to the community, he will surly be missed. We will always remember him on the docks at Cooperstown in the summer months. God Bless Emilie and Ted Gaisford

pat klein

January 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You were truly blessed.

Bruce&Doris Salisbury

January 6, 2013

Dear Jo-Ann and Family,Doris and I are so sorry with Frank's [Diz] passing and know he will be missed by all.He was certainly a Wonderful Oneonta Hall of Famer and a great friend to all.

January 5, 2013

I am sorry to hear of the passing of "Diz", and may God Bless him during this time of sorrow.My prayers go out to Jo-Ann, and his entire family. I was always excited to see Diz and Jo-Ann when visiting Oneonta. He as always generous to me, providing me an opportunity to work at Lamonica Beverages during the summer to help me with college tuition. He was my Godfather at Confirmation, and I will truly miss him. John Scavo{ Benicia, Ca}

Allen Wamsley

January 5, 2013

Our thoughts are with you, we have many fond memories of Diz. He will be Missed. Allen & Betty Wamsley

Bill & Phyllis Denny

January 5, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Joan Crandall

January 5, 2013

Dear Jo-Ann and all the members of the LaMonica Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of Diz. I know how it is to lose someone who has always been there. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Imagine all the history that he had seen being made. My husband was always very fond of him and I think he welcomed him in heaven with open arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Madolyn Palmer

January 5, 2013

Jo-Ann my prayers are with you, as you adjust to life without Diz.. You should be proud of your life together, and the good things that you did as
a couple. I did not know him personally, but all my life knew that he was
a benefactor of Oneonta. He left his mark on this community.
madolyn Palmer

Mary & Duane Hathaway

January 4, 2013

Joann, Judy, George and the rest of this wonderful family. So sorry to have read of Diz's passing. He had many many wonderful years and has done so much for this community of which he never wanted people to know of.
He is surely going to be missed. He is now with the rest of his family and I am sure they have all been waiting for him. God Bless all of you.