Frank Joseph Mara

Frank Joseph Mara

Frank J. Mara, 80, died Feb. 8, 2009, after an extended illness. Frank was born in Union City, N.J., the son of Frank and Dorothy Mara. He graduated from Emerson High School and then in 1947 enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for five years as an electronic technician. He was a veteran of the Inchon Invasion in 1950. He was honorably discharged and married in 1952 to Francesca Zistler. They had two sons. They lived in Middletown, N.J., where he was an active elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He joined the New Jersey State Police in 1954. He was a member of the Monmouth County Provost Guild. After 30 years of service and achieving the rank of captain, he retired. Upon retirement, they moved to Lake Como, where they have resided for 25 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crescent City and had the honor of being an elder emeritus. He was a past president of the men’s club at Live Oak Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Crescent City. He is survived by his wife of 56 years; sons, Frank and wife, Robin, and Craig and wife, Cathy; seven grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Cremation will be at Watts Funeral Home, San Mateo. A celebration of his life will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Crescent City. In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made to the church. There will be a second celebration of life service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Middletown, N.J. at a later date.

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  1. Frank and Lyn Brown says:

    Fran, children and family…Thinking of you during this time of Frank’s departure from his earthly body…”He fought the good fight-He finished the race-He kept the faith”…What better words can be attributed to us fragile humans after our tour on earth is over…He will be missed but our lives are enriched for having known him…
    Love from Frank and Lyn Brown

  2. Sue Moody says:

    Fran, my thoughts and prayers are with you at the difficult time.

  3. Allen and Lois Carnley says:

    Dearest Fran,
    Allen and I were shocked to read of Frank’s passing. We were blessed to have made your aquaintance for such a short time. Frank and I had a lovely conversation on the day you were tending to business. He had dropped his fork and I washed it off for him. I said, how blessed he was to have a wife who took such good care of him. He told me you were a smart girl and a go getter. Thank you again for looking out for me and giving me much needed advice. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Blessings, Allen and Lois

  4. Duane & Pat Keough says:

    The service was truly a tribute to Frank. You all have our deepest sympathy.

  5. Nicki Fiore says:

    Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of Uncle Frank. He was an incredible Uncle and I am so glad my children had a chance to experience his love and life. Our thoughts and prayers are with
    you during this difficult time. We have been praying for him for quite some time and will continue to pray for him in heaven. Please take care of yourself, our thoughts are with you.

    Love, Andy, Nicki, Kyle, Evan and Brian

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