Theresa Frank


Theresa C. Frank, 91, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on November 15, 1922, to Peter and Theresa (Bonelli) Casella in Bronx, N.Y. On January 17, 1948, Theresa married Stephen J. Frank Sr. and he passed away on January 28, 1999.

She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society, the 55 Club, the choir and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. Theresa was a volunteer at Defiance Regional Medical Center, and manager and bookkeeper at Willey-Garman in Defiance.

Theresa is survived by her daughter, Dr. Theresa M. Frank (Ron Bucher) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; two sons, Stephen J. (Mary) Frank Jr. of North Royalton, Ohio, and Paul (Kathy) Frank of Defiance; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Rose Casella of East Northport, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Casella; mother, Theresa J. Casella; husband, Stephen J. Frank Sr.; and sisters, Genevieve Rao and Eusebia Giovenco.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. A rosary service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Michael's Catholic Church, rural Defiance, with Father Robert Kill, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Society, the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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