Wolcott – Frank “Chico” Catapano, 79, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020. He was the husband of Arlene (Heiser) Catapano for 57 years.
Frank was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 18, 1940 to Joseph and Anna Catapano. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX as an Army medic. After leaving the Army, he attended Brooklyn College, earning his degree in Political Science. Frank worked for the IRS as a Tax Collector until his retirement.
Frank was an Eagle Scout, and enjoyed camping at the cabin in upstate NY. He served as a Deacon in the Arlington Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Jaycees of Newtown and a member of Mensa.
In his younger days, he loved astronomy and viewing the stars and planets through his telescope with all the neighborhood kids. He was always up to date with the current events and the world news and would often call his family to make sure they knew also!
He enjoyed hanging out at the Athenian Diner, drinking coffee and shooting the breeze with the guys.
Most importantly, Frank was always willing to help someone in need and took pride in caring for his beloved family.
Including his wife, Arlene, Frank will be missed dearly by his children, Charlene K. Catapano; Tammy M. Viarengo, and her husband, Robert; and Frank J. Catapano, and his wife, Anne; his grandchildren, Matthew; Ryan; and Nicholas; his sisters, Frances DeSantis; and Carmela Catapano; 4 nieces; and 1 nephew.
Including his parents, Frank was predeceased by his brother in law, Salvatore J. DeSantis.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Woodtick Memorial, 420 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. A funeral home service will be held at 6 p.m. Burial will be held on Friday at 12 p.m. at the State Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Meet directly at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org/donate or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.