November 22, 1935 – February 2, 2021
Frank was born on November 22, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to William (Bill) J. Mittenzwei and Mary Sullivan. He was the second of their four children: William (Billy) deceased, Mary Ann deceased and Robert (Bobby).
He came of age in the time of cuffed dungarees, cigarettes rolled into a white t-shirt sleeve, Cadillacs, Brooklyn Dodgers, pool halls and dancing with small-waisted bobby socks-ers. It was in that Brooklyn neighborhood, just a few blocks away, he met the sister of his friend Jimmy Cox, Rosie. RoseMary became his sweetheart and for over 61 years they hardly spent a day apart.
Frank’s legacy is the family that he and RoseMary created. Starting with their children: Francis (Frank), RoseMary (Sissy), Veronica (Roni), Charlotte, Melissa, Thomas, Ann and Billy Joe and our dear departed Michael. The clan, still growing, made Frank a Poppy to 21 and a Great - Pop to 7, in addition to being Uncle Frank to his many nieces and nephews. He had a profound impact on their lives and in who they all are today. Many of them call him “My hero”.
A deeply devoted and hard working man, both understatements. Not only was he a NYC cop, he held countless jobs to provide his family with everything they needed, opportunities he never had and truly amazing lives. Frank’s second, and third, jobs were: cab driver, roofer, factory work and an ambulance driver. As the digital age started to become commonplace, Frank stepped into his second career in computers. He began in data-processing and in a short time became the Director of I.T. at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn where he retired in 2004.
Frank came from a time when a “tough guy” was cool, quiet, smart, kind, generous and strong. Strong as in the steady, unflappable, walk through fire - kind of strong. No bravado. Just a steely, German Shepherd fierceness in his eyes. The kind of strong - work 3 jobs, raise 7 kids, drop everything to help, “yeah, sure, I’ll take care of it”, “here’s my last dollar - we’ll figure it out”, “okay, babe - whatever you need”, never - not one complaint - kind of strong.
He was all of this and one thousand times more for his forever “sweetheart”, his “button nose”, his best friend, his wife. At our finest we, his family, are equal parts Frank and RoseMary. As we walk our individual paths we are often the one others rely on to calm, to fix, to have the answers and to steady the course, just like our father.
They were an incredible pair, so completely joined in heart and spirit that it is difficult to define where one ends and the other begins. He was the tide to her ocean waves, in every form. He was the roots to all the seasons of her mighty tree. One would not exist without the other. They, Frank and RoseMary, could not exist without one another.
We find comfort in knowing they are together again after only a few short months. Dancing and laughing, surrounded by the love of so many we lost before them.
The summation of Frank’s life will fall short in its ability to portray the depth and strength of this man. It will not begin to describe how the loss of him leaves us unsteady and rudderless. Frank showed us how to be in the world and soon we will be able to draw from his strength, once again, to steady the course as he did for us, all our lives.
A visitation for Frank will be held Friday, February 5, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Casey McCallum Rice South Shore Funeral Home, 30 Nelson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10308. A funeral service will occur Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM at St. Clare Church, 110 Nelson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10308.
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February 7, 2021
My memories of you my dear Uncle Frank are so so many ... from you coming home from work on 60th street and being run to for hugs and assistance from all your kids and all your nieces .. to any and all important events in my life from the death of my Dad to the Baptism of my sons ... we had so much fun at every Cox’s Army party I feel your loss profoundly .. you were always just there a silent but unmovable mountain of support and love
I loved you my whole life Rest In The Sweetest Peace my Hero
February 6, 2021
To all the Mittenzwei Family, my sincere sympathy on the passing of your Dad. He and Mom were very special friends to my whole family. All the days on 60th Street, we shared so many good and sad times. Mom would make her special "Mac and Cheese" for Mary Anne. They were two of the nicest people I ever met in my life and I am happy they are together in Heaven. You will miss them a lot, but know they will be watching over each of you. May God bless and protect your family!
Love Always, Mary Pilipiak and Family
Dori Rosenthal- Crivello
February 5, 2021
Sending love to the Mittenzwei family at this sad time. Memories of Frank and Rosemary along with all the kids at opening night parties after Roni starred onstage at Wagner College are very fond and seem like yesterday. A wonderful loving group that filled The Road House with laughter and pride for Roni. May his memory be a blessing always. Peace and Love, Dori and family
February 4, 2021
I miss all the times we all got together. You are at peace now. You are now with your wife, sister , brother, mom & dad. Please tell my Dad & Mom I love them and miss them Love You
February 4, 2021
You will be missed so very much I remember all the summer barbecues we would have in the backyard of Lachman Avenue how all the fun we would all have getting together playing cards just having a good time and coming over to your place in Brooklyn and hanging out with everybody I know we all haven’t been able to get together? Are all doing so many different things we all will miss you but knowing you’re in heaven with aunt Rosemary and grandpa and my mom and dad and you’re not suffering anymore hopefully will will give everybody some peace of mind until we all meet again in heaven I love all of you🙏🙏🙏🙏