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FRAGALE, Risa R. (Rechter)

FRAGALE, Risa R. (Rechter)

FRAGALE - Risa R. (nee Rechter)
February 8, 2018, at age 95. Beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Fragale, Sr.; dear mother of Joseph "Frank" (Kay) Fragale, Jr., and the late Marie Kraus; mother-in-law of Larry Kraus; loving grandmother of Mark (Julie) Fragale, John (Kristen) Fragale and Kris Kraus; great-grandma of Daegan, Calvin, Ryan, Nicholas, Mia and Kai; daughter of the late Sara and Jakob Rechter. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2600 Sheridan Dr. (cor. Parker). Interment will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda, NY. Family and friends invited. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made in Risa's memory to Tidewater Hospice Care, 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910. Risa and her parents, by way of Italy and Colombia, South America, left her birthplace of Vienna, Austria in 1934 to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews. Risa learned English and Japanese during her year in Japan. After a move to Shanghai, Risa moved to Manila, Philippines. In Manila, Risa met U.S. Army Air Corps Sgt. Joe Fragale. They married in August 1941. In December, Joe was ordered to report to Bataan. Joe was captured, endured the Death March and survived three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese. Joe Jr. was born in July, 1942. The family was united in October, 1945 in Buffalo. For many years, Risa participated in many Holocaust Remembrances and POW/MIA events. Risa died peacefully in Memory Care at Bloom at Belfair, Bluffton, SC in the loving presence of her caregivers and hospice. Please share your condolences at

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