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Frank William Vincenzo


Frank William Vincenzo, 72, passed away Jan. 22, 2014, at his residence in Hood River, Ore., surrounded by family. Frank was born Feb. 7, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., to Frank Anthony and Angelina (Melone) Vincenzo.

Frank grew up near Odgen and Taylor avenues in Chicago’s “Little Italy,” and graduated from Chicago St. Ignatius High School in 1959. While in high school he ran cross country and pole vaulted on the track team.

He served our country proudly in the United States Coast Guard from 1960-62. He was stationed at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Frank married Charlene Odessa and they had five children: Cheryl, Joe, Tony, Chrissy and Christopher. They divorced in 1977.

Frank lived in Chicago most his life but had also lived in Lebanon, Va., Winterhaven, Fla., Manassas, Va., and for the last 11 years Hood River, Ore. He worked as a project manager and general superintendent in construction during his working career throughout the country.

He enjoyed softball, golf, scuba diving, jazz music, Woody Allen movies and civil war history. Frank traveled the world competing in softball tournaments.

Frank married Lyn Shires on Sept. 6, 2003, in Hood River, and together they enjoyed trips to the Oregon Coast and spending time with family and friends.

Frank is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Lyn Vincenzo, of Hood River; children, Cheryl (and Bruce) Keller, of Trout Lake, Wash., Joey Vincenzo, of Tacoma, Wash., Tony (and Becky) Vincenzo, of Warrenton, Va., Chrissy Matzig, of Chicago, Ill., and Christopher (and Jessica) Vincenzo, of Hood River; 10 grandchildren: Samantha, Joshua, Jeff, Allison, Frankie, Cameron, Alex, Lauren, Eamon and Eli; other distant family and many, many friends that he has collected over the years.

In addition to his parents Frank was preceded in death by two sisters, Francis Cosentino and Angelina Liaci.

Services were held Jan. 25 at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Memorials may be made in Frank’s name to Celilo Cancer Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for family.

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