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Franklin "Frank" Mario Menna

Friday, January 13th, 1950 - Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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Obituary

Franklin (Frank) Mario Menna, 70, of Bellefonte, passed away on October 28, 2020, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center after a courageous year-long battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Frank was born in Bellefonte on January 13, 1950 to the late Antonio and Yolando (DiFonzo) Menna. Frank was a 1968 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School and a 1972 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He and his wife, Rosemary (64), had one daughter, Sarah (23).

Frank worked at Scientific Systems Inc. in State College for 36 years as a controller, retiring in January 2019. During his time at Scientific Systems, Frank was a trusted advisor to owner Andy Charney. Frank will be remembered by his co-workers as a kind man who was always willing to give of himself for the benefit of others.

Frank was a lifelong athlete and sports fan and will be remembered as a giant in the Bellefonte baseball community. He played both for Bellefonte Little League and Bellefonte Teener League and was a three-year letterwinner in both football and baseball at Bellefonte High School. He continued to play baseball in the Centre County Baseball League for 20 years and eventually became the coach of Bellefonte’s American Legion Baseball team, the Bellefonte Bandits, where he coached for 20 years. Frank could often be found caring for the Bandits’ home field, John Montgomery Ward Field at Governor’s Park, and he took great pride in meticulously raked infield and a well-mowed outfield. In 2000, Frank was inducted into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. Frank also spent much of his spare time over the years helping to train his daughter, Sarah, who followed in her father’s footsteps to become a three-year letterwinner for the Bellefonte Lady Raiders softball team. Frank was an avid fan of Penn State football, holding season tickets for a great many years, and Atlanta Braves baseball, who he would watch nightly without fail.

Frank will be remembered by many for his gentle demeanor and his incredible generosity. Those who knew Frank knew that he simply did not have a mean bone in his body. He was a caring, loving husband and supportive father. He had a fondness for home improvement projects, golfing, Jeopardy, and the New York Times Crossword, as well as an impressive vinyl collection.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Yolanda, and his father, Antonio.

He will be fondly remembered by his wife, Rosemary, of Bellefonte, and daughter, Sarah. He is also survived by a brother, Joseph Menna, and his wife Deborah, of Bellefonte, and a sister, Mary Menna Whitehill, and her husband Harry, of Bellefonte. Also surviving are nephews, Gabriel Menna and his wife Abby, and daughters Olivia and Kendall of Bellefonte, Jeremy Menna of Florida, and Seth Whitehill and wife, Kara, of Pittsburgh; as well as nieces, Michele Whitehill and her husband, Matthew Wong, and children Madelyn and Miller of Georgia, and Alexandra Menna of Philadelphia, and her fiancé, Tyler Hooven.

There will be a public viewing held on Monday, November 2, 2020, from 5-7pm, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, with Deacon Thomas Boldin officiating a wake service immediately following the viewing. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 9am, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 134 E. Bishop Street, Bellefonte, with Father George Jakopac officiating. Burial will directly follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services for Frank.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, November 2nd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    Address
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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    Notes
    Deacon Thomas Boldin will officiate a wake service immediately following the viewing. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services for Frank.
  • Service

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 | 9:00am
    When
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 9:00am
    Location
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bellefonte
    Address
    134 E. Bishop St
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services for Frank.
    Officiant
    Father George Jakopac
    Co-Celebrant
    Deacon Thomas Boldin
  • Interment

    Location
    St. John Catholic Cemetery, Bellefonte
    Address
    Bishop Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services for Frank.

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Robb Meinen

Posted at 04:39pm
Sarah and Rose. All of the Meinen's are heavy with sadness after hearing of Frank's passing. What a solid person who did so many great things in this world. From the first time we met him we knew him as a friend, because he made you feel a connection simply through his welcoming personality.
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Mary, Skip and Family

Posted at 10:14pm
In loving memory of Frank. We will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love always,
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Douglas

Posted at 04:49pm
Our thoughts are with Frank's family. He and his brother Joe were so good with our son in helping him become a better baseball player.

Doug and Cathy Leathers
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Kathy Gates Snook

Posted at 11:12am
My sincere condolences to Franks family. May he be at Peace.
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