Longtime Soldotna resident Frank DePietro died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., after a short battle with cancer. He was 73.
A memorial mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate.
Mr. DePietro was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Pueblo, Colo. In 1956, he moved to Alaska where he worked at Alaska Telephone Utility for many years until his retirement. He and his wife, Toni, owned and operated the former Ridgeway Trailer Court for seven years.
For many years they lived both in Soldotna and Sun City West, Ariz. In 1994, they returned to the Kenai Peninsula to live year round.
Mr. DePietro enjoyed fishing, gardening, looking at the river, being with his friends, shopping and having lunch with his grandchildren.
"He is best remembered by his family and friends for always being there with helping hands or advice and for his quick wit," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Toni.
Mr. DePietro is survived by his son, Jay Vienup of Kasilof; daughter, Linda Shane of Hayden, Idaho; grandchildren Tina Bordman of Olympia, Wash., Cory Shane stationed in Italy with the U.S. Navy, Andrew Shane of Kenai, Janae Shane of Hayden and Lee Vienup of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-grandchildren Sandy Shane of Anchorage and Todd Shane of Oceanside, Calif.; great-grandchildren Taylor and Kendra Bordman of Olympia; brother, Chuck DePietro of Pueblo; aunt, Jenny Zito of Pueblo; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Flowers or a donation can be delivered to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 222 W. Redoubt, Soldotna, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Accu-Care Cremation Center in California.
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