1917 – 2012
Frank Polimeni, 95, passed away quietly in his home on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Napa.
Frank was born in New Jersey, on Aug. 31, 1917, to Antonio and Orsola Polimeni. His family subsequently moved to Brooklyn where Frank graduated from New Utrecht High School.
As a young man, Frank helped his family run their grocery store and delicatessen. Frank served in the Army during World War II from October of 1941 to December of 1945 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of technical sergeant.
Frank was married to Eleanor Forma, on May 10, 1959, and became step-father to her two sons, Michael and Joseph Forma. Frank and Eleanor moved their new family to Los Angeles in 1959. They owned and operated a small delicatessen in Montrose, until 1975.
In 1980, Frank and Eleanor decided to follow their sons to the Wine Country and moved to Sonoma, and then, eventually, in order to be closer to their son, Michael, and his family, moved to Napa, in 2006.
Frank was active in the Sonoma Chorale, was an avid gin rummy player. He was a great enthusiast for the Italian language and culture.
Frank was preceded in death his brothers, Philip and Jim; his sister, Helen Rock; and nephew, Anthony Polimeni.
Frank is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor Polimeni; step-sons, Michael (Margaret) Forma and Joseph (Lisa) Forma; beloved sister, Yolanda Polimeni; and goddaughter/niece, Carol Sapachino; grandchildren, Mary Forma, John Forma, Arthur Forma, Leah Miller, Sam Forma, Madeline Strika, Alexandra Forma, Elizabeth Forma and Catharine Forma; 12 great-grandchildren; and many friends in Sonoma, Southern California and New York.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the donor’s favorite charity in Frank’s name.
The family of Frank Polimeni wishes to thank the Napa Valley Fire Department and other first responders for all their efforts. Also for the kind services of Claffey and Rota.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Michael and Margaret Forma’s home, 14 Glenwood Drive, Napa. Interment will be private.