Mr. Louis A. Fraccola age 64, passed away on Sunday August 2, 2020 at the Sitrin Healthcare Center suffering from complications of a 37 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. His loving family was by his side.
He was born in Utica on September 26, 1955 a son of the late Marie J. Spaziani Fraccola. He was a graduate of TR Proctor High School and attended Utica College.
Louie was employed with the US Postal Service for several years. He then began a career in the restaurant business and was the Food & Beverage Manager with the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Utica. He then went on to fulfill his dream of owning his own restaurant and became co-owner of the Whiffletree Inn Restaurant in Ilion, an endeavor he truly loved. He retired due to illness. In his pastime Lou had a passion for Art and Painting. He also loved cooking and when his illness confined him to skilled nursing he cooked while being a resident at the St. Luke’s Home. It was there that Lou published a family and International Cookbook for all to enjoy. Although Lou had a lifetime of health issues, he fought his 37year battle with MS like a warrior, never giving in, and always the consummate hero. A loving and devoted father, brother and friend, his family will forever hold his memory in their hearts.
Surviving are his two beloved daughters and son-in-law Lisa Fraccola and Rob Ambrose and Andrea and Shawn Ruddy and their mother Marie (Graziano) Fraccola who remained a devoted caregiver to Louie throughout his illness, along with her partner Mark Yozzo ; his cherished grandchildren Gabriella Ruddy, Mikayla Fraccola and Michael Ruddy; his sisters and brothers-in-law Jeannette and Mariano Penge and Janice and David Frank all of Utica and Lois and Pat Joyce of PA.; one brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Lorraine Fraccola of New Hartford and several in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends especially his dear friend and mentor Dan Zier of Delaware.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 11:00 am in St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In keeping with CDC regulations, face masks and social distancing are mandatory. The family would like to extend a sincere Thank You to the caregivers of the 2nd floor rehab unit at the Sitrin Home and St. Luke’s Home who attended to Louie throughout the years. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Louis.
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