AUSTINTOWN - Francis R. “Frank” Nardella Sr., 96, formerly of Glen Oaks Drive in Youngstown, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, the Fourth of July, 2018, at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.
Frank was born April 25, 1922, in Youngstown, a son of the late Anthony and Mary Nardella, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Nardella was a graduate of Chaney High School. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II in France and in Germany, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Frank also proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He was a police officer for the City of Youngstown for 29 years, when he retired from the force. Frank also worked in security for the Youngstown Hospital Association at Northside and Southside Hospitals.
He was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown. Frank also belonged to the Sam Camen Center, to FOP Lodge No. 28, to the Police and Fire Retirees, and he was a life member of the former ITAM Post No. 3.
Frank’s wife of 70 years, Lena E. Gutierrez Nardella, whom he married July 6, 1946, passed away Nov. 10, 2016.
Mr. Nardella leaves his son, Frank R. Nardella Jr. (Kay Mayhew) of Youngstown; his daughter, Patricia Nardella of Roswell, Ga.; three granddaughters, Tina (Steve) Bell, Alicia (Dr. Corey) Brown, and Rena Olenick; five great-grandchildren, Jillian, Natalie, Nolan, Justin, and Grady; and a brother, Joseph Gutierrez of Youngstown.
Besides his wife, Frank was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Nardella; four brothers, James I, Jerry, Michael, and James II; and three sisters, Philomena Nardella, Rose Cannata, and Theresa Conti.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.
Interment will take place at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.