Frank Anthony Serravallo, 94, of Saugerties
SAUGERTIES » Frank Anthony Serravallo passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in New Jersey, one week after his 94th birthday. Born in Glasco, N.Y., to the late Fortunato and Filomena Serravallo, he was a longtime resident of Saugerties.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vivian; two sons, four granddaughters, eight greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Frank always took pride in his work, whether it was in the ice houses or brickyards of Glasco, or as a presser in a Kingston dress factory, where he met Vivian. Later, he worked in construction and worked on repaving part of the New York State Thruway, among other jobs. Frank started his own business installing fences (some of which still surround the ball fields across from his former home on Elm Street), and doing masonry and carpentry. He and Vivian also sold Christmas trees and homemade wreaths until they were in their late 70s, and he parked cars on his lawn during the Garlic Festival and the Fourth of July.
In his free time, he took pride in serving his community. He volunteered for Glasco and Saugerties fire companies for over 25 years, played and managed sandlot baseball, and managed Little League and Babe Ruth for 14 years. Frank was a proud member of St. Mary of the Snow church in Saugerties since 1960 and was head usher for 17 years.
Frank was always physically active. For a brief period, he trained to be a professional fighter. He roller-skated, water skied, and fished. He was an avid hiker with the Rip Van Winkle Hikers club beginning at the age of 73. He climbed the 35 Catskill mountains over 3,500 feet to become a member of the “3500 Club” and then repeated this feat by hiking all of these mountains again in the winter. On Aug. 13, 2005, Frank completed his goal of climbing all of these mountains yet again in his 80s.
Frank — “Curly” to his friends, and “Poppy” to his family — will likely be remembered for his extremely outgoing personality and how he loved socializing with friends and family and making them laugh.
With love, your family in New Jersey: son, Fred, his wife, Patti; their children, Jennifer and her partner Jen D’Agosta, Melissa and her husband Jamie Miller, Nicholas Christoff and his wife Michelle Baker; and great-grandchildren, Lola and Vivian, Lia and Jack.