Richard Rocco Frano

January 9, 1940July 20, 2021

Richard Rocco Frano, 81, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born January 9, 1940 in Stamford and was the son of the late Rocco and May (DeYulio) Frano.

He was a graduate of Stamford High School and worked at Machletts. Richard was a United States Army veteran, serving actively from 1959 -1965. He was member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the American Legion Kiltonic Post #72, the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign War. He was also a member of the New England Paralyzed Veterans, where he served as a liaison for many years for the West Haven Veterans Hospital. He was dedicated to help veterans and friends in need as he struggled himself with MS for 50 years.

Richard enjoyed travel and had a passion for woodworking. He won many awards on local and national levels. He would then donate his masterpieces to numerous charities, including the Southington Calendar House, for fundraising.

Richard is survived by his wife, soulmate and dedicated caregiver of 30 years, Jolanta (Nowosielski) Frano, his son Mark Frano and wife Terri Crowther of Washington VT, a sister Rosemarie Bardelli and husband Ambrose of Danbury. He is also survived by his nephew Michael Bardelli and his wife Leslie of New Milford, his niece and Goddaughter Kathleen Pisciotta and her husband Andrew, great niece, Melissa of Danbury and many loving cousins and friends. A special thanks to CCU and hospice for their compassionate care at Midstate Medical Center. Donations may be made in his memory to New England Paralyzed Veterans of American, 245 W. Houston St. Room 212A, New York, NY 10014.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, 11am at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be prior to the Mass from 9-10:30 am at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. For online condolences and directions please visit,


  • Calling Hours

    Monday, July 26, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, July 26, 2021


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Susan Roy

July 22, 2021

Rick, I will never forget you and all you have done for my Dad and my family over the years. Thank you for helping him navigate the VA system so that we were able to receive all the benefits he and my mom were entitled to. Thank you for your advice and your calls checking in on me to see how my mom and I were doing. I loved meeting up with you and Jolanta for lunch or breakfast. You were always so positive and ready to laugh. You never let us see the depths of your suffering with that awful disease. You were a joy to be around and I will miss our visits. You were a true friend to my Dad. You were kindred souls and you, more than anyone had a unique understanding of his struggles. I am so glad that he had your companionship, expertise and friendship through his final days. Everyone needs someone to talk to when they are discouraged. I know he was able to talk to you about things he couldn’t discuss with us and that is a testament to you and the respect he had for you. I feel like when my dad passed he left me with one very beautiful and valuable gift…the gift of friendship with you and Jolanta. You have been my guardian angels. I believe in the afterlife and I believe Where you are now there is no pain, no struggle, no illness to keep you from walking, running, moving freely and unrestricted. I hope you are in the company of those who have gone before you who you loved and who loved you. If you are, then I know you are with my Dad. Thank you my friend for being my Angel on earth. Now you are in your rightful place where angels dwell.