Dr. Frank Mario Civiello
EAST MILLINOCKET -- Dr. Frank Mario Civiello passed away peacefully on April 20, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Avis Pheeney Civiello. He was born on April 29th, 1922, in Millinocket, the son of Dennis and Carmella Primiano Civiello. He was one of 12 children and grew up in the neighborhood of 'Little Italy,' of which he was so grateful and proud.
After graduating from Stearns High School and attending business school in Worcester, Mass., Frank served on the USS Enterprise and USS Lexington during WWII
; out of the entire Pacific Theater, Air Group 20 received the Presidential Citation while he was aboard the Lexington. After the allied victory, he resumed his studies at Ricker College and he continued on to earn his graduate degree from Georgetown University Dental School in 1952 . Frank opened his practice in East Millinocket and happily served the community for 55 years, retiring at the age of 85. Frank was an Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Peters Catholic Church as well as a Catechism teacher for a combined 40+ years. He was a founding member and past President of the East Millinocket/Medway Chamber of Commerce; a 4th Degree Knight and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus; a proud member of the Pitch Club, Elks Club
and Hillcrest Golf Club. Frank built his family's beautiful cedar log camp with views of Mt. Katahdin on the shores of Ambajejus Lake for his wife and children to enjoy. It was at camp that Frank and his wife Mary hosted family reunions for many years. He established the Civiello Invitational, a week-long golf trip, in order for his family to enjoy time together every summer.
Frank is pre-deceased by his son Frank Jr. and step-sons Roderick and Thomas Pound; his brothers Joseph, Louis, Michael and Father John Civiello, his sisters Frances Rush, Pauline Rush and Antoinette Kelley. He is survived by his daughter Mary Ellen Adlerstein of Freeport, sons Anthony of Millinocket, Samuel of South Sanford and Mark of Portland; brother Charles of Stuart, Fla., sisters Mary Thompson of Rocky Hill, Conn., Lillian Bolduc of Portland and Ann Ouellette of Auburn; grandchildren Kristen, Aaron, Julie, Ellis and Jocelyn, Maxwell and Ava; great grandchild Francesca.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, 23rd of April at the Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a prayer service by the Knights of Columbus will be said at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, 24th with Monsignor Paul Stefanko as presiding priest at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 58 Cedar St, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com
Memorial donations may be sent to : The Katahdin Area Support Group
10 Field Street
Frank Mario Civiello