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Frank Bevacqua, retired insurance agent Dec. 9, 1915 -- Dec. 24, 2005

Frank Bevacqua, a retired insurance agent and founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, died Saturday in Schoellkopf Nursing Home after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, he was 90.

After graduation from Trott Vocational High School, he served in the Army during World War II and was discharged as a staff sergeant.

After the war, he attended Niagara University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1952. For many years, he worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance as an agent in the Niagara Falls office, retiring in 1973.

He was a New York Yankees fan and enjoyed playing pinochle.

Mr. Bevacqua was one of the original 13 founding members of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston. He was a member of Volare Lodge 269, Italian Sons and Daughters of America, along with other senior organizations.

His wife of 54 years, Rose M. DeRosa Bevacqua, died in 1996.

Survivors include a daughter, Francine Bergeron of Niagara Falls; a son, Peter of New York City; a sister, Norma Nielsen of Niagara Falls; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1400 Pine Ave., after prayers at 9:45 in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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