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Frank Scafaria, Sr

October 7, 1923 — December 10, 2016

Frank A. Scafaria, Sr.

October 7, 1923 - December 10, 2016

Watervliet, MI - Frank A. Scafaria, Sr., passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in his daughter’s home in Watervliet, MI.

Frank was born on October 7, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio to Gaetano and Elizabeth Scafaria. He was the second of five children. On October 13, 1951 Frank married Phyllis Marie (Bartlett). They were married for 58 years before she passed away on July 15, 2009.

Frank honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1970 Frank and Phyllis moved with their six children from Cleveland, Ohio to

Niles, Michigan. Frank was the Purchasing Manager at Pawating (Lakeland) Hospital before retiring in 1989. Frank loved to sing and had a beautiful tenor voice. He sang for several years in the church choir, at weddings, and, once, for the Pope.

Frank is survived by his children, Frank (Sally) Scafaria Jr., Nancy (Trevor) Connelly, Diane (Paul) Rifenberg, Mark (Nancy) Scafaria, Carla Scafaria, and Stephen (Deb) Scafaria; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home at 615 E. Main Street Niles, MI, where a Rosary will be prayed at 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, December 16, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Niles, MI. Private Committal Services will take place at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI by the United States Army Honor Guard assisted by the Fort Custer Veteran Volunteers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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