Frank Thomas Strazzulla, 76, of Rockwell, NC passed away peacefully December 15, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born August 8, 1942 in Monroe, MI, he was the only child of Mary (DiSabatino) and Sebastian “Mack” Strazzulla. He was a 1960 Graduate of Monroe Catholic Central, and attended Cleary Business College before being drafted by the Army. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division for two years and was honorably discharged. He married the late Dodie Martin in 1968, and together they raised three children: Frank Strazzulla, of Charlotte, NC, Suzy (Tim) Szymanski, of Watkinsville, GA, and Anthony (Amber) Strazzulla, of Brandon, FL.
He was employed for many years at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), as Vice President of Sales. He was a pretty good salesman; it has been said that he could sell ice to an Eskimo. The many promotions, awards, and incentive trips he received over the years seem to back up that claim.
In his sixties, he left his home in Monroe and relocated to North Carolina to be closer to his children, who had all moved south.
In 2006, he was fortunate to meet and marry Anne Ramsey, of Rockwell, NC, and blessed with three new daughters: Sophia (Ryan) Leece, of Birmingham, AL, Andrea (Bryce) Woods, of Salisbury NC, and Amanda (Kenneth) Gordon, of China Grove, NC.
In retirement, Anne and Frank were able to spend much of their time traveling. First to Italy and Greece, to visit the birthplace of their ancestors, and then many parts of North America on their Harley Davidson. It definitely made the kids nervous when they bought a Harley, but it’s what they wanted to do. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that parents love taking advice from their children.
The most important part of Frank’s life was his relationships with friends and family. He was a good and loyal friend. He kept in touch with close friends from high school, and had a large and loving extended family in Monroe and throughout the country with whom he remained close. Entertaining (and celebrating) friends, family, and work colleagues was also a source of joy. There were some fun parties thrown at the house back in the day. Never a dull moment. He was also an amazing cook; making everything from Italian wedding soup, to the best fried perch anyone ever had. Barbecuing may not have been his forte, however. When his youngest son was given a play grill, he said he was going to set in on “burn” - just like his dad.
Even though he was perhaps, maybe a teeny bit strict, he absolutely adored his children, and and they were always a great source of pride for him. His favorite role in life however, was “grandpa”.
He cherished his 12 grandchildren: Sofia Strazzulla; Brady, Lauren, and Brooke Szymanski; Leo and Charleston Leece; Camden, Gabriel, and Olivia Woods; and Carson, Brantley, and Abel Gordon. They loved their Grandpa/Papou so much, and will miss him terribly.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, who fought by his side, his children and their spouses, and all of his grandchildren who loved him so.
The family will receive friends on Thursday December 20, 2018 at from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Powles Staton Funeral Home. A Celebration of life will follow the visitation at 5:15 PM at the Powles Staton Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by, Rev. Jesse Watkins of Friendship Southern Baptist Church of Concord. Military Honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Tucker Hospice House, 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Strazzulla family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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