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Frank Avvento

1925 ~ 2022 (age 96)

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Avvento Frank of Brooklyn and Staten Island, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 6th, 2022. 

He was the beloved husband of Angela(deceased), father of Gennaro (deceased) (Virginia), Paul (Grace), Frank (Ellen) and Michael (Theresa). Loving grandfather of Christina (Christopher), Jillian (Anthony), Brother Paul, Catrina (Joseph), Patricia (Todd), Frank (Christine). Loving great grandchildren, Samantha, Amelia, Juliet, Liliana, Gennaro, and Luke. He is survived by his sister Carmela (Andy deceased),Rose (Frank) and Cosmo (Dorothy Deceased). Deceased brothers, Peter (Rose deceased), Joseph (Mary deceased), Jack, Nick (Terry deceased), Angelo (Dolores) Rich (Carol). Loving uncle of 42 beautiful nieces and nephews. Frank was a WWII Veteran who fought for his country. He married his beautiful wife Angela in 1948. Frank enjoyed the remaining years of his life with his family, the most important thing to him. He truly enjoyed his 4 boys, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and countless family and friends. 

Frank indeed lived a beautiful life and will surely be missed. 

Frank Avvento was born in Brooklyn, NY in1925, the second child of Gennaro and Amelia Avvento, who both were born in Bari, Italy. They went on to have 10 children - 8 boys and two girls. Frank graduated high school and soon after went to work on the Brooklyn Docks. Shortly thereafter at the tender age of 18, just as the US war efforts were increasing, Frank enlisted on August 3rd, 1943, for the US Army. Frank fought the battle in the Pacific under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. 

Frank attained the rank of Technician Fifth Grade and earned his Honorable discharge on January 23, 1946. Upon his discharge in '46, Frank landed by sea in California, where his aunt Concetta lived, with her husband Mike, and their 7 children. There he worked for his Uncle Mike in a bar and grill, and in 1947, returned home to Brooklyn. 

During the war, a beautiful young lady, named Angelina, would write letters to Frank while he was overseas. Angelina was first cousins with Rose, who was dating Frank's older brother Pete. Rose told Angelina about Frank being in the Army, so she started writing the letters. 

Soon thereafter, after a short courtship, they decided to get married, and on June 5th, they were wed, at the beautiful church Our Lady of Peace. In 1951, they bought their house on East 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY. While they were married, they would go out with their friends, so one night they decided to go to the Copa Cabana night club in Manhattan. The waiting line was about an hour, so his friend Jimmy Coppola told the bouncer at the door, that I have Bruno Sammartino with me (a famous wrestler, who Frank resembled). And right away, they were able to get into the place. They went on to have 4 boys, Gennaro, Paul, Frank and Michael. The house was the meeting place for all the family holidays, birthday parties, and anything else you can think of. Angela and Frank opened their home to all the neighborhood kids, so that everyone always had a place to hang out. Frank installed a basket backboard (halfmoon) attached to the garage, and that become our NBA court. In the summer the kids would all come to the house to enjoy the swimming pool, which was one of the only ones on the block to have one. Frank made sure we always had something fun going on at our house. Over time, his four sons would marry and Frank gained four beautiful daughters-in-law, Grace, Virginia, Ellen, and Theresa. 

In 1978, Angelina and Frank became proud grandparents to a beautiful baby girl, and after having 4 boys, they were so excited, of not only having a grandchild, but a beautiful granddaughter. Frank was head over heels, as this tough longshoreman would show his soft side with Christina. He was a Gentle Teddy bear. Frank and Angie went on to have 6 grandchildren, Christina, Jillian, Paul Jr., Catrina, Patricia, and Frank. In addition, they had 8 great grandchildren, Samantha, Amelia, Juliet, Liliana, Giovanna, Lyla, Gennaro, and Luke. They are all his pride and joy! 

Frank continued working as a Longshoreman, and retired in 1991. In 1996 His beloved wife Angelina passed away, after a long battle with cancer. It was Frank again, this rough and tough Longshoreman, who took care of Angelina for almost 4 years. He truly had a very soft side! Frank even revealed a domestic side, cooking all of the family favorites from Bari. 

In 2005, he moved to Staten Island NY, and in May of that year, we had the biggest and loudest party, with all the families and friend from the past giving the East 3rd Street home a final farewell. 

Frank continued to live on Staten Island; some of his brothers and sisters lived there, and he enjoyed the remaining years of his beautiful life with his family, the most important thing to him. He truly enjoyed his boys, 6 grandchildren, 8 great children and countless family and friends. 

Frank indeed lived a beautiful life, and will surely be missed. 



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February 8, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Martin Hughes Funeral Home
530 Narrows Rd S
Staten Island, NY 10304

February 8, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Martin Hughes Funeral Home
530 Narrows Rd S
Staten Island, NY 10304

Mass of Christian Burial
February 9, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church
269 Parkville Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

February 9, 2022

11:45 PM
The Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232


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