WWII veteran Frank Basciani of Altoona died Saturday at the age of 102. He had 3 Bronze Stars for his bravery in the U.S. Army.
Here is a copy of the obituary as seen in Monday’s Altoona Mirror:
Frank L. Basciani, 102, passed away Saturday at his residence at Amber Terrace at Altoona Center for Nursing Care, Altoona.
He was born in Altoona, son of Domenick and Antoinette (Martino) Basciani. He married Rose Lombardo, who preceded him in death in 2003.
Surviving are a son, John Basciani (Judith), of Altoona; four step-granddaughters: Kathy McCullough (Stephen) of Altoona, Lisa Crawford (Douglas) of State College, and Lorie Graham and Loni Graham, both in Maryland; six step-great-grandchildren: Kylee, Alissa, Victoria, Haley, Matt and Taylor; a sister, Vera Basciani, of Hollidaysburg; many nieces and nephews; and a granddog, Toby.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Anna Corona and Fannie Ball; and three brothers: Anthony, Donald and Louis Basciani.
Frank regretted having only an eighth-grade education, but he went to work to help support the family. He served in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class during WWII. The mission of his battalion was to retrieve American and enemy tanks. Frank received service medals with three Bronze Stars for his service. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Frank retired from Conrail as a carman in 1978, having also worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Penn Central Railroad.
Frank was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Altoona. He was an avid reader in health and nutrition. It was not unusual for him to show up on someone’s doorstep with literature and helpful advice.
Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Church, with the Rev. Brian Saylor officiating. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.