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Peter J. Frano, Jr.
  • November 04, 1934
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  • March 03, 2017

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Peter J. Frano Jr,  First Sergeant USMC (retired) received his final set of orders on 3 March  2017.  He will report to Saint Peter immediately and is looking forward to his next operational assignment.


Pete was born in Queens, New York, 4 November 1934 to the late Peter J. Frano and Nora Steitz Frano.  He married his high school sweetheart, Sonja H. also of Huntington NY in 1955 and together they raised three wonderful children.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sonja and their three children, CAPT Peter S Frano, USN (ret), his wife Cindy Reuter and their two sons Peter and Matthew, Laurie Grella, her husband Steven of Torrance, CA and their two sons Steven and Christopher,  Tracie Bordieri of Fultonville, NY and her son Nicholas.  He is also survived by his two sisters: Patricia Johnson and her husband Jay, Col USAF (ret) of Huntington, NY, Mary Anne Jones and her husband Michael of Greenwich, NY and his brother Steven Frano and his wife Karen of Westhampton Beach, NY.  His five grandchildren are Peter R. Frano of Melbourne, FL,  Matthew C. Frano of Virginia Beach, VA; Steven Grella and his wife Mendy and their two adorable great-granddaughters of Fayetteville, NC; Christopher Grella of Torrance, CA, Nicholas Bordieri of Fultonville, NY and numerous nieces and nephews.


Pete proudly and honorable served this nation and the United States Marine Corps for 22 adventure filled years.  He entered Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island, SC in 1952,  after graduation he received his initial training as a Tanker (1812) and deployed with the 1st Marine Division, B CO to Korea and Japan (South Camp) until April 1954.  From May 1955 to May 1961 Pete was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC with both the 2nd and 8th Tank Battalions.  He received orders and traveled south to Beaufort, SC in June 1961 reporting to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD, Parris Island SC as a Drill Instructor, greeting raw recruits on the “yellow foot steps” and proudly turning them in to United States Marines.  In February 1965, Pete reported to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton CA and deployed with the 1st Tank battalion, Bravo CO, 3rd PLT to Chu Lai, Vietnam. returning in September 1966.  After his tour in Vietnam was complete he reported to 1st Marine Corps District, Garden City, NY in October 1966 for recruiting duty, various special assignments and follow-on orders to stand up the initial Junior NROTC Unit at Centereach High School, NY.  One final deployment in 1971 with the 1st Tank Battalion to FMF Okinawa and 1stSgt Frano was ready to retire in 1973 after 22 years serving his beloved Marine Corps.


The family happily settled down in Huntington, NY.  Pete’s initial job upon his retirement from the Marine Corps was with H. Ross Perot’s EDS as a corporate recruiter.  Following his time with EDS, Pete started as one of the first employees’ for Suffolk County (NY) Off Track Betting (OTB) where he worked for many years, eventually rising to be the President of Suffolk County OTB, he finally retired in November 1993.  Pete and Sonja moved from Huntington in 1994 to Virginia Beach, VA to be closer to a military community and their grandchildren, they were residents there until 2006 when they moved to The Villages.


Pete and Sonja always found time to serve the church wherever they lived.  They were long standing members at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Huntington, NY, Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, VA and most recently at Hope Lutheran Church in The Villages, FL where Pete proudly served as Church Council President until February 2016.


There will be a celebration Pete’s life at Hope Lutheran Church on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Online condolences may be left online at Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society.  www.baldwincremation.com/category/obituaries/




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  1. Thomas A. Gillespie says:
    18 May 2017
    My condolences to the family of First Sergeant Frano. He was my Senior Drill Instructor at Parris Island in the summer of 1963. I have never forgotten him and the impact that he and the Junior Drill Instructors have had on my life. The training I received shaped me and gave me a purpose that I didn't have before. I will never forget him and will always appreciate what he and the other DI's did to prepare me for life. Sgt Frano even gave me my nickname . God Bless and Semper Fi Sir!

    Thomas A. 'Doc' Gillespie Platoon 349

  2. Kenneth L. Graf says:
    22 Apr 2017
    Saw Pete' obit. in the Long Islander. Barbara and I extend our sympathy and prayers..
    Ken Graf

  3. Laurie johnson says:
    16 Mar 2017
    Dear aunt sonia.we haven't spoken in years .im laurie,I was your nephew Mark Johnson's first wife.things ended very badly with Mark and I and I was told to never contact any of his family again.i had to tell you how sorry I am for your loss.you were always so kind to me and I always admired your beauty and your grace so much. Please know things were not always as they may have been portrait esp with pat and Jay but I love you very much.if you ever care to talk my number is 516 455 8202. All my love and you are so loved. Laurie Johnson and my mom belle lewis

  4. Rick Burns(house mouse) says:
    10 Mar 2017
    My deepest condolences to the family.I too was a recruit in 1962(plt. 319) and was trained by Sgt. Frano. I will forever keep the deep affection for the Corps that Sgt. Frano helped to instill in me. I recently met ,for the first time, a member of my platoon and we reflected on the experience at Parris Island. I will always remember Sgt. Frano as the true image of what a US Marine is made of.RIP Sir!

  5. Jim, Cheryl and Jackson Simpson lit a candle:
    10 Mar 2017
    Lit since March 10, 2017 at 3:46:47 AM

  6. John E. Kelly says:
    09 Mar 2017
    I first met Sgt. Frano on March 1, 1962 as a young recruit in Parris Island 55 years ago. I will always remember him as all Marines do
    with their Drill Instructors. March On Sgt. Frano. Godspeed. Semper Fidelis. John Kelly Platoon 319 OOORAHH!

  7. Deidre & Alan Wren says:
    08 Mar 2017
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  8. Jim & Mimi Carter says:
    08 Mar 2017
    Sending Prayers and Condolences for your loss! May God Bless You and Yours!

  9. Pastor Barry Hunteman says:
    08 Mar 2017
    We sincerely express our condolences to you, Sonya, and your wonderful family. It was our pleasure to know, love and serve God together at Hope Lutheran Church with Pete. Pete was a true leader and faithful follower of his Lord. He loved his family, and church, and country. As the former pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, I considered Pete a friend and a blessing in my life. Our prayers are with you and the family, Sonya. All our love, Barry and Kay Hunteman

  10. Carl Lemon says:
    08 Mar 2017
    Dear Sonja and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. It was my privilege to serve with one of the finest Marines I have ever known. Rest In Peace Pete, your friend always Carl Lemon. Semper Fi!

  11. Stanley J.Williams lit a candle:
    07 Mar 2017
    Lit since March 7, 2017 at 3:57:25 PM

  12. Tom Algeria says:
    07 Mar 2017
    Sonia and family- We hope you and the family can find some comfort knowing Pete is at peace.-- Semper Fi... Eileen and Tom

  13. Ruth Ann Schultz lit a candle:
    07 Mar 2017
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  15. Ruth Ann Schultz says:
    07 Mar 2017
    Dear Sonja, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please except my sincerest condolences. If you need anything, remember, I am right next door. He will be greatly missed.

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