Provenzano, Frank Paul, Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and husband passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at his home. He was 91 years old. He was born in Detroit on July 17, 1918 to Sicilian immigrant parents, Jack and Rose. Along with his parents and brothers, owned and operated Provenzano’s grocery store since 1935. For 50 years, the store stood as one of the city’s longest family-owned businesses. Two decades after closing, the store remains a fond memory to many who recall Provenzano’s homemade spaghetti sauce, prime meats, variety of produce, fresh-baked donuts and as a place where customers were treated like family. On January 23, 1949, Frank married the love of his life, Grace Marie Dattero, at Holy Family Church in Detroit. She preceded him in death in 1986. Frank was a 1935 graduate of St. Andrew High School in Saginaw, and a graduate of the University of Detroit, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in chemistry and biology. He retired in 1990, but seldom slowed down. He was an avid gardener, carpenter, and pursued many hobbies, including assembling Italian cook books filled with family recipes. Frank was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He cherished his independence, taking care of his home, cooking meals and being with his family. He is survived by three sons and two daughters and their spouses: Jack Provenzano, Tampa, FL; Anthony (Jo Ellen) Provenzano, Freeland, MI; Rose (Richard) Highberger, Northbrook, IL; Grace Marie (John Cannon) Provenzano, San Francisco, CA; and Frank (Lisa) Provenzano, Troy, MI; twelve grandchildren: Christina (Scott) Wilkes, Frank, Rosalie and Jenna Provenzano, Tampa, FL; Nina (fiancée, Clint Rand), Houston, TX; Maria Provenzano, Beverly Hills, CA; Noah and Jacob Provenzano, Troy, MI; Francesca and Julia Cannon, San Francisco, CA; Jordan and David Highberger, Chicago, IL; four great grandchildren: Tyler, Jocelyn, Alexsandra, and Kacey Wilkes. He is also survived by a sister, Jenny “Zena” Giacalone, Clinton Township, MI; a brother, Anthony (Anna) Provenzano, Saginaw, MI; and many nephews and nieces. His brother, Dominic, and sister, Mary Loiacano, preceded him in death. Frank’s funeral liturgy will take place at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2010 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 5380 State St. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate with entombment to follow in Oakwood Mausoleum. Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road, (off State) on Sunday, March 28, 2010 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. A vigil service will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Frank will lie in state at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass. Those who desire may wish to consider memorials to a charity of your choice. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home, church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com