Frank A. Palmerino

Punxsutawney native, Frank A. Palmerino, 75, of Riverside, California, passed away September 28, 2014 in Riverside, CA.

He was the son of Frank and Jessie (Carlino) Palmerino.

He is survived by his companion of forty-three years; Ted McKinney of Riverside, California, three sisters; Adelaide Palmerino, Roseanne Fallara and Lucy Ivens all of Punxsutawney, two brothers; James Palmerino and Alfred Palmerino of Fremont, California.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers; Michael and Tony Palmerino and four sisters; Diane Serge, Marguerite DeLuca, Mary Jane Guignet and Jo Coats.

After graduating SSCD High School in 1956, Frank attended Penn State University in 1961 and majored in electrical engineering. He joined the US Air Force and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1968.

He was then employed by TRW Missile Defense Systems Team of TRW Corporation at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, California where he served as an Advanced Systems Analyst for the Minuteman Missile Defense System.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1979 and was forced into disability retirement twelve years later.

The increasing loss of mobility did not diminish his appreciation for the finer things in life- food, family, friends, wine and blackjack.

He was the consummate uncle to a bevy of nieces and nephews, all of whom fondly recall his wit and humorous challenges.

He was never satisfied that they simply knew numbers and ABC’s, he wanted them to recite the alphabet backwards and count down from 100 by three’s. His passing leaves a big gap in many lives that can only be filled partially by the warm memories of the pleasure he brought to all those he encountered.

Friends will be received Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 10 am until Noon at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney where a Blessing Service will be held at Noon with Fr. Leo Gallina as Celebrant.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Punxsutawney. Memorial gifts may be sent to Penn State DuBois Development Office, 1 College Place, DuBois, PA. 15801; or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at

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