Frank E. Ortolani, 87, of Sandusky, passed away late Thursday morning, May 29, 2014, in Firelands Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Frank was born March 7, 1927, in Sandusky, son of the late Joseph and Angeline (Franchetti) Ortolani. Frank graduated from Sandusky High School. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II. Frank worked as a mechanic in the 1950s for Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealers, until he became employed at Sandusky International in 1956, working for 44 years until retiring in 1990.
He was an outstanding mechanic, he was the first person in Sandusky to work on an automatic transmission. He was the recipient of the Packard Master Serviceman's Certificate. Frank was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church and a life long member of VFW. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars, fishing, golfing, gardening, and spending time with his family.
Frank is survived by his life long companion, Eleonore Helga White; son Frank L. Ortolani; daughter, Kim Whiteman; six grandchildren, Vinnie Ortolani, Jonathon, Brad, Richard, Brian and Sarah Bear; 16 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Carl Ortolani, Gloria Herzog, Sylania Andres and Lucille Crawford; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Frank was preceded in death by son, Duane D. Ortolani; and his parents.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave, Sandusky. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Joe Steinbauer will officiate. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Those wishing to contribute to Frank's memory may do so to American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115 St., Cleveland, OH 44106-3988.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.