CANFIELD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Frank Pondillo was called to Heaven on Sunday, December 18, 2022, reunited with his wife, Carmel (Patrick) Pondillo, who was called to the lord in 2016.

Frank was born April 24, 1947, in Youngstown, Ohio, to parents Frank and Gloria  (Viggiani) Pondillo.   

He was a Fitch High School graduate, Class of 1965, then he enlisted with and served with the U.S. Army and was in the Vietnam War.

After his Honorable Discharge in 1968, he was a electrician for St. Elizabeth Hospital until he retired.

He lived a happy life surrounded by his pride and joy, his family and his many friends.

If you knew Frank, you were a very lucky person. Words to describe him; kind, sweet, gentle and soft-spoken, with a smile that lit up a room. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He enjoyed going to meet his friends to watch football at GIA’ngleo’s and Blue Wolf. So if you were looking for him and couldn’t find him, well your best bet was that’s where he was. He also just enjoyed sitting on his patio in the summers listening to music, anything from country, do-op or classic rock.

Frank was a member of St. Christine Parish for many years. 

Most of all, he enjoyed and loved being with his family. Whether if it was weekend morning coffee with his daughter, Traci and her family, or his two week vacation to Florida to visit his other daughter, Kelly and family, he always knew the importance of spending time with them.

He will be deeply missed by family and many friends but will be missed the most by his daughters, Traci (Steve) Pecchia of Canfield, Ohio and Kelly (Steve) Carroll of San Antonio, Florida and his three grandchildren, Gabriella, Emma and Drew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gloria (Viggiani) Pondillo and a brother, John Pondillo.

We weren’t ready for you to leave us but knowing you are right where you want to be and that is in Heaven with your wife the love of your life, our mother, brings us some comfort and we know that you both will be watching over us.

There will be a private service held for family, with the Honor Guard for Frank’s dedication of service to the Army. 

Any flowers or memories you would like to share can be made on the tribute wall at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home who are handling arrangements.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Frank Pondillo, please visit our floral store.

A television tribute will air Wednesday, December 21 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.