Frank Peter Ramano, 85

Frank Peter Romano, 85, of Richfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Kathy Hospice.

Frank was born on July 24, 1925, to Guiseppe and Rosa (nee Francescone) in Nutley, N.J.

Frank entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and would serve in the European Theater of Operations with the 90th Infantry Division in France, Luxembourg and Germany. Frank would participate in the D-Day landings in Normandy France and was wounded a month later in July of 1944. Frank was wounded a second time in December of 1944 by a German sniperís bullets.

Frank finished the war in a U.S. Army hospital and returned home to New Jersey in 1945. For his sacrifice during World War II, Frank earned the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Combat Infantrymanís Badge.

He is survived by his wife, Donna M. James (nee Dembowski); daughters, Patricia Mancini, Betty (Tom) Gannon and Theresa (Don) Simon; and two stepchildren, Julie (Fred) Hagstrom and Paul James; grandchildren, Tracy, Tommy "T," Jimmy, Andy and Jenelle; three step grandchildren, Kelsey (Corey), Brad Scott and Brad William; brother, Pasqual (Terry) Romano; and sister in-law, Barbara Romano. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, first wife of 59 years, Rose (nee Pizzi); brothers, Joseph and Harry; and sisters, Henrietta and Jean.

A funeral service for Frank will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Meredith Musaus presiding. Visitation will be at the church only from 2 p.m. until time of service. Interment will take place at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations sent to Kathy Hospice, 3232 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI 53095.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Lukes Hospital and Kathy Hospice for their extended care and compassion.