Frank L. Perate, 93, Winter Park, Fla., passed away Tuesday at his home.
He was born in New Boston, son of Michael and Mary (Crawford) Perate. He was twice married, first to Hannah Mary Arnold in 1938 in Pennsauken, N.J., and she passed away in 1979. He then married Shirley Marie Akins in 1986 in Orlando, Fla., and she passed away in 2008.
Surviving are three daughters: Catherine Naomi Perate Caracciolo of Altoona, Hannah Mary Perate of Redlands, Calif., and Dolores Marie (Steve) Mynatt of Felton, Del.; six grandchildren: Deborah Caracciolo-Smith of Pittsburgh, Karen Caracciolo-Bryan of Altoona, Matthew C. Caracciolo of Bellwood, Timothy P. Caracciolo of Riggles Gap, Charles M. Caracciolo Sr. of Bellwood and Stephen L. Mynatt in Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Perate of Reading; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Diane I. Caracciolo-Wilson; a great-grandson, Leon E. Wilson Jr.; a son-in-law, Gerado "Charles" Caracciolo; two sisters: Angeline Santomero and Lillian Christino; and two brothers: William and Roy Perate.
Frank was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973 as a Navy chief with 30 years of service. He served during WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars and received the following honors: Good Conduct Medal (nine awards), Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, China Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with three stars, Navy Unit Commendation with one star, American Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with six stars, Philippine Liberation Medal with one star, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and star for second award, National Defense Service Medal with one star and Vietnam Combat Medal.
Frank was a chief Navy recruiter in Altoona from 1957-60 and was the recipient of the American National Red Cross Award by Blair County for chapter services. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for 10 years for the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Orlando, Fla., and in 1980 was awarded the commendation medal for saving a person from drowning in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1981, he was awarded the American Legion Commendation Award from Post 19 in Orlando for outstanding officer of the year.
He was a life member of the A&J Iaia American Legion Post, Fleet Reserve Association, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 104 of Orlando and Florida Sheriffs Association.
Friends will be received from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.
In memory of Frank, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Restoration Fund, 806 11th St., Altoona, PA 16602, or to Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714.