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Meter Fromel

October 31, 1927 ~ May 4, 2018 (age 90)
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AUSTINTOWN - Meter Fromel, 90, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, May 4, 2018, at Canfield Place in Youngstown, with his family by his side.

Meter was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of the late Nicholas and Pauline Fromel, and was a graduate of The Rayen School.

After graduation, Meter enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for seven years and was a veteran of the Korean War, earning the Purple Heart. After his honorable discharge from the military, Meter attended Purdue University, and later earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Youngstown State University.

Mr. Fromel had a career as a chemical engineer and lived in California from 1961 until 1974, working for Rocketdyne and McDonnell-Douglas on the Gemini and Apollo Space Programs. He later returned to this area, where he worked for Republic Steel in Warren and in Youngstown, and retired from the company in the mid-1980s.

Meter was a man of many talents and interests. He taught a chemical engineering class at YSU, and had a pilot’s license. Mr. Fromel liked to tinker, build, and repair things, and possessed great attention to detail. He enjoyed woodworking, and did electrical work around his house.

He was a member of Holy Trinity / St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, and of the Tri-State Marine Corps League.

Meter’s wife of 45 years, Mary Jane Nanosky Fromel, whom he married Jan. 22, 1955, passed away Nov. 3, 2000.

He leaves three daughters, Nance (James) Fromel Hopper of Broken Arrow, Okla., Susan (Greg) Ravotti of Seattle, and Diane (James) Wylam of Broken Arrow; a son, Michael (Melanie) Fromel of Berlin Center; 10 grandchildren, Kristen, Michael, Eli, Jesse, Joey, John, James, Michael, Alex, and Andrew; two great-grandchildren, Luke and Caleb; three siblings, Evelyn Yourstowsky, John (Arneatha) Fromel, and Julia Simko; many nieces and nephews; and many extended family members.

Besides his wife, siblings Steve Fromel, Helen Markovich, Ann Maggio, and an infant sister, Mary, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 5 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 11, at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.

Committal services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Meter will be laid to rest next to his wife, Jane.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in care of the funeral home.

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