Frank Joseph Alleva, 70, of Beaverdam, Virginia, formerly of the farmhouse at Farm Crest Acres in Oak Ridge for 29 years, died Sunday, August 6, 2006 at home in the care of his family.
Born in Yonkers, New York, Frank was the son of the late Frank and Julia (nee Onaroto) Alleva.
As a young man, he fell in love and married Jacqueline Rizzo, and together the couple raised four children in Oak Ridge, before retiring to Virginia in 2000.
Frank supported his family as a factory foreman in the Rubber Industry, but his true passion was music, his family says. Self-teaching himself the peddle steel guitar at the age of eight, Frank grew up to love country music, and enjoyed playing every weekend at bars and clubs in the tri-state area, and later in Virginia. One of his most memorable gigs was playing for the Jerry Lewis telethon in the late 1970s.
In addition to his music, Frank loved to fish, especially in Canada, and truly enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline; his sons Frank Joseph Jr. and his wife Rena of Westminster, Colorado, and Robert Nicholas and his wife Jane of Rock Hill, South Carolina; his daughters Victoria Porter and her husband Andrew of Framingham, Massachusettes, and Jennifer Boyer and her husband Ronald of Madison; and his six grandchildren: Joseph, Bryan, Erin, Christopher, Daniel and William. Frank is also survived by his brothers Mario Jackson of Dallas, Texas, Joseph Alleva of San Francisco, California; and his sisters Roseann Stella of Seattle, Washington, and Angela Spera of Caracas, Venezuela, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will commence 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, and will proceed to an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph?s R.C. Church on Germantown Road in West Milford. Burial will immediately follow Mass at the church?s cemetery.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Liver Foundation, 1425 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038 would be greatly appreciated by his family.