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Saturday, September 16, 2023
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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)
Hi, I'm Frank Mollo, a devout Christian originally from New Jersey before ultimately retiring to Diamondhead, Mississippi. I have come to love it, saying just recently that "I am living my best life!”
This past year, I celebrated my 80th birthday. I told my son-in-law Dave then that 80 is the new 50. And now, Dave just turned 50 – so, I guess he is the new 20 (lol). To celebrate the milestone birthday, I bought him a cake, and I would have loved to been there for a toast. I would have wished him many more happy years! However, on the morning of that birthday celebration, August 17, 2023, I finished my service on Earth and was brought home and reunited with my wife.
A little bit more about me: Growing up in an Italian household in Lodi, New Jersey, I was the child of parents whose own history went back to Calabria, Italy. So, we ate a lot of pasta! I went to high school while at the same time the Vietnam War was going on, so I joined the Army. As a drill sergeant, I had the opportunity to train a lot of men who were great heroes for our country. Following my military service, I fell in love with the woman of my dreams, Diane. We married and created a family and a loving home together. She was always a bright light in my life, and continued to be for our whole family even after she was called home many years ago. Other sources of joy in my life included fishing, NY Mets baseball, and watching as many televised football games as I could each week.
I am survived by my children Frank, Deena, Albert, and Maryanne; grandchildren Jackson, Hunter, and Willow Reign; daughters-in-law Priscilla and Wendy, and son-in-law Dave. My sisters Mary Jane and Bill Proctor along with Sally and Al Miller are all from NJ and are currently in my thoughts. Nephew Harry and Rosie along with the girls were an important part of the family. Tommy and Ricky along with their family formed great memories with all the birthdays and holidays.
Hey, Danny, we had a lot of good times, and memories of them will not be forgotten! Joey, Kenny, Bob, Mike, and Frank from the early days in Lodi – those were good times during our formative years. Much later in life, in Manchester after retirement, there were a lot of fun times with poker games and good meals shared with Steve, Rudy, Nancy, Sal, Mike, and Sandy. And, in Diamondhead, I discovered new favorite places and people to share them with: hitting the pool at High Point, Fins and Feathers, working with the sheriffs, and especially jumping on Todd's cart to meet Frank for a drink – those drinks at the club are good!
Well, I said my fill and I know my children and their families will do well. My grandsons Jackson and Hunter have always made me proud, whether it was because of their performance at school or in sports. They are becoming fine young men. Willow Reign is much younger than her cousins, but she is already doing so well, and I am excited to watch her blossom as she grows up and explores life.
I'd like to leave all of my loved ones, everyone I’ve mentioned here, with a thought:
“There are no good-byes, where ever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.”-Mahatma Gandhi