HORNELL-Francis J. “Frank” Losecco, 86, of 1190 County Route 66 (Green Acre Trailer Court), Hornell, died Friday evening (January 1, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, he was born on August 24, 1929 and was the son of Anthony & Josephine (Marino) Losecco.
Frank attended Hornell High School and later was employed at the former Stern & Stern Textile Corporation. He was drafted in 1950 and served his country as a member of the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
Following his honorable discharge from the US Army, Frank returned to Hornell and resumed working at Stern & Stern Textile Corporation. He worked for the company for a total of 16 years. For several years, Frank served as a “handy-man” at the former Cameo Shop, and throughout the years as a self employed house painter. For about 16 years, he was employed as a machinist at the former Erie Railroad, Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail. For several years he worked at Morrison-Knudson (MK) and later was employed at Alstom Corporation, “retiring” in 1993. Following his “retirement”, Frank enjoyed helping his son by working at the former Fran’s Locker Room and Losecco’s Family Market. He officially retired 11 years ago.
Frank had a deep love of music and especially enjoyed listening to some of the great Italian singers such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Louie Prima. He also enjoyed dancing during the Big Band Era. Along with his son, he loved rooting for the Miami Dolphins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Marie Losecco who died in 1972; 1 brother, Salvatore “Toddy” Losecco; 4 sisters, Annie Messina, Eva Armetta , Julia Schiera and Felecia Losecco.
Frank was married on October 6, 1951 (64 years) to the former Mary Ann Secondo who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Regina “Gina” Gurrola of Mesa, AZ and Theresa (Chuck) Hallas of Hornell; 1 son, Francis “Fran” (Lynda) Losecco of Canisteo; 1 sister, Mary Losecco of Hornell; 1 brother, Anthony Losecco of Cleveland, OH; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.
The family of Francis J. “Frank” Losecco will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church. Final interment with full military honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Frank’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to either Strong Memorial Hospital, 4-1200 Unit Palliative Care, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642 or to Visiting Nurse Foundation Inc., PO Box 270441, Rochester, NY 14627. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
In recognition to Frank’s service to his country during the Korean Conflict, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff.