IRON MOUNTAIN - Arthur C. "Art" Frankini Jr., 89, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
Art was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Arthur C. Sr. and Mary (Perino) Frankini. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1941 and was a lifelong resident of the area.
Art attended the Elgin School of Watch Making for specialized training prior to going to work for his father in the family business, Frankini Jewelry, in 1944. He married Marjorie Quadrani on Sept. 13, 1947, at Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain.
Arthur Frankini Jr.
Art eventually took over ownership of the family business with his brother, Wally, and his career spanned over 45 years until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of Kiwanis, where he served as a past president, the Elks Club, U.C.T., the Serra Club, Pine Grove Country Club, the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church. Art served Mass at the Carmelite Monastery for several years and was also a leader for the Recovery Group, Inc.
He enjoyed playing bocce, golfing and bowling on his business-sponsored bowling team. Art had a passion for gardening and always had a beautiful garden. He loved spending time with family and friends at the cottage in Spread Eagle.
Hunting, playing cards, singing and working on watches and clocks were some other pastimes Art enjoyed. He had a great sense of humor and the ability to deliver a joke at the right moment with the right dialect. He was a master joke teller, always able to laugh with or without you.
He and his brother, Wally attracted many into the jewelry store for a dose of the Frankini boys' daily jokes. His kind and gentle demeanor; love of life and strong faith in God will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marge; two daughters, Kathy (Louis) Cristan of St. Paul, Minn., and Pam Frankini of Kingsford; a sister, Rita (Dom) Sica of Florida; two grandsons, Nick and Brian Cristan; and several nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by a brother, Louis "Wally" Frankini; and two sisters, Evelyn Ryan and Marie Osterberg.
The Frankini family would like to express their sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all those that cared for Art throughout the last few years, especially recently to DCH medical staff and the caring and loving staff at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Center which Art called home for the last two years.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iron Mountain.
A Memorial Mass will follow at noon at the church. Fr. Daniel Zaloga will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in Cemetery Park.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Art's memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Art Frankini online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.