Frank Frances Gnemi of St. James, Missouri was born on October 8, 1919 to Carlo Charles Natalina Maria (Sachelli) Gnemi and passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 101 years.
His father moved to the United States from Italy in 1907 and his mother and sister followed in 1911. They first settled in New York and then moved to Girard, Illinois where he was a coalminer. Around 1918, they moved to St. James, Missouri where they were farmers and grape growers.
He married Alice Lorene Parrish on January 19, 1949 in Steelville, Missouri.
During the war, Frank served in the Civilian Conservation Corps of Engineers primarily in Burns, Oregon and other places. He was a member of the laborers union, a farmer, a grape grower with a contract with Welch’s Juice Company in Springdale, Arkansas. He worked in construction; he was a contractor building several homes and loved being on his bulldozer building ponds and lakes.
He loved to go fishing to get the biggest catfish or gigging with his friends. He was an avid player of pinochle and horseshoes. He never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlo and Natalina Gnemi; wife, Alice Lorene Parrish Gnemi on August 18, 2012; daughter, Kristie Gnemi; granddaughter, Lori Lee Gnemi; brothers, William (Bill) R. Gnemi, Guido (Jim) Gnemi, Martin L. Gnemi, Charles F. Gnemi, Marion T. Gnemi; and sisters, Ameda Biondo, Elizabeth (Betty) Schuchman and Irene Nielson.
He is survived by his children, Barbara Call, Pam (Michael) Maddalon, Jerry Gnemi and William (Bill) Gnemi (Donna); grandchildren, John Douglas II (Susan), Angela (Ryan) Robertson and Saundra Hendricks; great grandchildren, Justin Hendricks, Emily Douglas, Turner Robertson and Arianna Robertson; great great grandchildren, Dillon Hendricks and Gabriella Hendricks; two sisters-in-law, Helen Harris and Dorothy Benson; other relatives and friends.
Graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James, Missouri with Reverend Brendan Griffey officiating.
Pallbearers were Bruce Benson, Greg Garver, Richard Grotha, Brian Chitwood, Ron Ousley and Michael Maddalon.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home of St. James, Missouri.