Frank Longiotti, 84, of Meadville,
died Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Meadville at the home and in the care of
his sister, Rose Brockelhurst, and his niece, Pam Brockelhurst.
Born Jan. 1, 1925, in Shenango Township, he was a son of Allessandro and
Mary Sbrocchi Longiotti. On July 2, 1949, he married Leona Horn; she
preceded him in death Dec. 3, 2006.
He was a 1942 graduate of Shenango-Jamestown High School.
He retired after 47 years at Talon, and owned and operated Frank’s TV
He served with the U.S. Army 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
participating in two combat jumps in Normandy and Holland and then
receiving the Purple Heart medal.
He enjoyed bowling, golfing and computers.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans
and the 82nd Airborne.
Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Noreen Lee of Saegertown; two
sons, Jon Lee and his wife, Carol, of Huntsville, Ala., and Frank
Longiotti and his wife, Mary, of Titusville; three grandchildren, Robert
Lee, Gina Lee-Whitmer and Mara Bailey; three great-grandchildren, Alex
Lee, Mat Bailey and Lily Bailey; five sisters, Josephine Wilson of
Comanche, Texas, Ruthie Brown and her husband, Wendall, of Evansville,
Minn., Theresa Longiotti of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Natalie Knop and her
husband, Fred, of Aurora, Ohio, and Rose Brockelhurst of Meadville; two
brothers, John Longiotti and his wife, Peg, of Greenville, and Pete
Longiotti and his wife, Carmel, of Greenville; and many nieces and
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by one
stepson, Robert J. Lee; and two sisters, Florence Girardeau and her
husband, Jerry, and Mary Radicella and her husband, James.
A memorial service is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral
Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville, with Pastor David Brumagin of Trinity
United Methodist Church of Conneaut Lake officiating.
Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Meadville Times Tribune, May 31, 2009
Ken & Cecelia Heitzenrater
Grave marker for Frank and Leona Longiotti in the
Beechwoods Cemetery, Falls Creek (Jefferson county), Pennsylvania.
Frank enlisted in the Army at Erie, PA on 5 April 1943
and after completion of jump school at Ft. Benning was transferred to
the 508th PIR where he was assigned to Company C.
Pvt Longiotti jumped into Normandy on 6 June 1944 and,
in his words, "I came back without a scratch".
His combat in Holland was another story as, then a
Pfc, he was shot in the chest on 18 September 1944. After 4 months
in a field hospital he was transferred to the U.S. for further medical
treatment. He was discharged on 22 June 1945.