MOUNT VERNON — Frank A. Maraffa, 82, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 2009, at his home in Mount Vernon.
At his side was his wife of 60 years, Mary (Serafini), whom he married on July 9, 1949. Frank was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Columbus, and grew up in the neighborhood now known as Italian Village. He was the son of Sebastian and Carmella (Donato) Maraffa, immigrants from Italy.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by sons, Tom (Sue) of North Lima and Tony (Jean) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and daughters, Irene (Dan) Lindelow of Gahanna, Mary Frances (Steve) Bartel of Wooster, and Roseanne (Chris) Blubaugh of Evansville, Ind. Their 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were a source of special joy and pride. His children and grandchildren will take with them his love and attention and the many ways in which he helped them throughout their lives.
He graduated from Columbus Central High School and was a veteran of World War II. Frank earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University in Education. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Lorain in 1949, but returned to Columbus where he started as a teacher at Olentangy Elementary School. Frank was also an elementary school principal at First Avenue, Eleventh Avenue and Devonshire. He moved into administration and served as assistant superintendent of Columbus Public Schools until his retirement in 1985. He then worked for 20 years as a consultant for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, specializing in the administration of federal programs. He was the exhibit manager for their conventions and for the conventions of Title 1 Federal and State Programs. He will be remembered as a valued colleague and friend.
While Frank enjoyed golf, playing cards with his friends, and working on the house and yard, above all he valued his family.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. A sister survives as do many nieces and nephews.
A private service will precede his burial in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. There will be no calling hours.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Frank A. Maraffa.