William J. Franzese

March 25, 1931December 20, 2011

William J. Franzese was born in Montour Falls, NY on March 25, 1931. He was the son of the late Dominick and Carmella Romeo Franzese.

Bill, as he was known, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in March 1954. He married the love of his life, Carol, on May 22, 1954. He worked with his father, uncle, cousin and four brothers at the family owned construction company D&T Franzese Bros. Inc. He and Carol later owned and operated the Longhouse Lodge Motel and the Longhouse Manor until his retirement on 12/31/01. His son, Jim took over and owns these properties now.

Bill loved to travel and particularly liked to cruise. He and Carol loved to dance and, in fact, met on a dance floor in 1953. He built a total of four homes during their long married life and was always happiest when he was working on their home and grounds.

He was a member of the Board of Trustees for Schuyler Hospital for nine years. He was also very active with Squires Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps. All of his children were in the Squires, and the members of the corps have kept in touch throughout the years.

The loss of his daughter, Sandy, in 1987 was the saddest moment in his life. He was also predeceased by his parents and four brothers, Nick, Jim, Joe, and Richie. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol, son James Franzese and Mary Wilson, daughters, Jeannette Franzese, Mindy and her husband, Andy Catron, and nephew/son, David and his wife Lori DeHond. His grandchildren are Greg and Colleen Franzese, Jennifer Franzese, Thomas Lloyd, Amanda Lloyd, Michayla Catron, Liana Catron and Dennis DeHond. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Tyler Franzese, Benjamin DeHond and Sophia Franzese. Nephews Bruce and Brian DeHond were always an intregal part of his family. He is survived by his brother Dominick and sister-in-law Midge Franzese, sisters Jane Franzese and Sr. Margaret Franzese, MPF, and sister-in-law, Vera Franzese. He also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and God Children, Julie Franzese-Bonzo, David Franzese, Mark Quirk, John Harms and Joseph Franzese III.

Friends and family may call from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, December 22nd at Haughey-Wood Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 23rd at 10am with Rev. Paul Bonacci, Celebrant at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, the church where he was a member from birth. Memorial contributions may be made to the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 endowed fund for the Career Center founded in honor of his daughter, Sandra Franzese Black, to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, PO Box 282, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Thursday, December 22, 2011
  • Elk's Service Thursday, December 22, 2011
  • Mass Friday, December 23, 2011

William J. Franzese

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January 5, 2012

Dear Jane and Sr. Margaret, Please accept our condolences at this time and know you both are in our thoughts and prayers- Karen and Michael McGill

Janet (Treu) Wampler

December 28, 2011

May Our Lord comfort you and the entire family during this time of sorrow. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Mary Treu Andrews

December 28, 2011

My heart reaches out to you, Carol and family. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories until you are reunited once again.

June Glover

December 27, 2011

Steve and I wan't to give you our condolences and prayer's. Carol, You and Bill,
Were among the first to welcome us to Watkin's. Please know we are grateful for knowing Bill and you.

Patti Schimizzi

December 23, 2011

Carol and family - please call us if you need anything at all.

Patti Schimizzi & Dan Sims

Julia Metcalf

December 23, 2011

From Judy Serefine Metcalf
Bill was a great father and a great friend
Love Judy and Emmitt Metcalf

Kathy and Colan Mowrer

December 23, 2011

Aunt Carol, and all the family,
We wish we could be there for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
It will be so hard facing Christmas and the New Year without Uncle Bill. May the love of family and friends help you through.
Love, Kathy and Colan

Ellen L. Pangallo

December 23, 2011

I was so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a great man and am sorry for your loss. Sending prays to you at the time of your loss. Ellen L. Pangallo

Kimberly DeHond-McCarthy

December 22, 2011

Dearest Aunt Carol, Jimmy, Jeannette, Mindy and the rest of the family,

I am so sorry that we have lost Uncle Bill. He was a great man. I am so fortunate that I was able to see him this past summer and that my son was able to meet and know the wonderful man he was. All my love and deepest sympathies.

Jerry Easling

December 22, 2011

I thought a lot of Bill and was proud to have worked for him. My sympathy to his family. Jerry Easling