D-Day veteran instilled high standards in sons
As an Army machine gunner during World War II, Sam Frattaroli landed at Normandy and fought his way across northern France into the Rhineland.
And as a steelworker at the Clairton Works of U.S. Steel, he raised a pair of successful sons by urging them to work and study hard.
Samuel A. Frattaroli, of Glassport, died on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. He was 87.
Son Dennis Frattaroli became a teacher, principal and director of elementary education for the Bethel Park School District.
His brother, Daniel Frattaroli, completed dental school, and practices in Chippewa, Beaver County.
"Dad was also a role model for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren," said Dennis Frattaroli. "Some of the happiest moments in his life were when he was with them. His great-grandchildren all called him 'Great.' They were truly the light of his life."
Born and raised in Clairton, Samuel Frattaroli was one of six children in the family of Secondo and Carmela Frattaroli, who emigrated from Italy.
Following graduation from Clairton High School -- where he was involved in various school activities, including playing on the school's baseball team -- Mr. Frattaroli was employed by U.S. Steel.
In 1938, Mr. Frattaroli married Sophie Kalinowski, of Glassport, who spent 35 years as a nursing aide at UPMC McKeesport.
Mr. Frattaroli was inducted into the Army in 1943. "My father was a true patriot," said Dennis Frattaroli. "He loved this country and was proud to have fought for it.
"Both my parents worked hard to raise us," he said. "They were both devout Catholics, who volunteered at Queen of the Rosary Church.
"Dad was the kind of man who could not relax after he retired from U.S. Steel," his son added. "He volunteered to do minor repairs at the church and also helped with the church bazaars."
The Rev. Casmir Kedzierski, pastor of Queen of the Rosary, recalled the Frattarolis' devotion and generosity to their church.
"I often visited them when they no longer could attend services," Kedzierski added. "They were truly devoted to their Catholic faith."
Dennis Frattaroli recalled his father's love of tinkering, especially around his house. "Dad was always looking for something to do. And if he couldn't resolve a task, he'd call me and my wife, and we'd go over and help him."
Mr. Frattaroli is survived by his wife, Sophie Kalinowski Frattaroli; sons, Dennis Frattaroli, of Bethel Park, and Daniel Frattaroli, of Chippewa; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 640 Vermont Ave., Glassport.
A Mass of Christian Burial is to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Queen of the Rosary. Burial follows in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth.