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Frank J. Crivello found peace February 7, 2024, at age 81 years. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Wielebski). Dear father of Lori Ann (Shawn) Edwards and Lisa (Michael) Sherlock. Favorite "Nanu" of Patrick and Matthew Sherlock. Fond brother of Domenic (Tanya) Crivello. Also survived by brother-in-law Dan (Marty) Wiley. Preceded in death by loving sister Mary “Sunta” (Jerry) Borman and cherished parents Alex and Congetta Crivello. Further survived by other loving relatives and many friends.
Frank was born on the east side of Milwaukee on April 3rd, 1942, and spent almost his entire life there. He attended Saints Peter & Paul Grade School and Messmer High School where he graduated in 1960. After high school, he met his future wife Nancy on a blind date. Three years later, they were married on May 4th, 1968 (Derby Day)! They would go on to spend the next 55 years together filled with love, laughter, and happiness.
Above anything else, Frank valued his family, faith, and a hard day’s work. It was very important to him that he volunteered not only his time, but also his family’s time to work at Saints Peter & Paul gym during basketball games. Frank thought it was important for kids to be involved in athletics at an early age, and his passion for catholic grade school sports was evident through his involvement in the North Shore Catholic League for numerous years. It also led to him being the face of The Padre Serra basketball tournament. A tournament dedicated to 8th grade Catholic grade schools for over 60 years. His dedication to this tournament led to the Boy’s Championship trophy being renamed The Frank Crivello Trophy. He had many fond memories of the Padre Serra tournament, but none will top his two favorites. In 2013 his grandson played for the Holy Family team that earned an invitation into the tournament. They were able to advance past the first round and were a tough team to beat after that. His most recent memory happened just last year, which was the final Padre tournament game that Frank was in attendance for. The Holy Family girls’ team, coached by his godson Christopher Bartolone, won the championship. This truly meant the world to him!
Frank was incredibly proud of his Sicilian heritage. He treasured Sunday dinners with his daughters, sons-in-law and grandsons. They typically enjoyed pasta, Italian sausage, and meatballs covered in his mother’s famous sauce. After dinner, he loved playing “Off the Facade” with his grandsons, a baseball game they played in the alley until the sun went down.
For over 20 years, Frank was a loyal employee of Schlitz Brewery where he worked in quality control. After his time at Schlitz, he spent another 20+ years working security for M&I Bank. His work ethic was unmatched, and he relished any opportunity to work overtime to support his family. Frank’s hard work paid off and afforded him and Nancy the opportunity to retire to Venice, Florida. During their time down there, they enjoyed visits from their daughters’ families. They especially enjoyed playing golf and swimming with their grandsons and dining out with other friends and family.
Frank was an avid sports fan his entire life. He supported all the local teams, college and professional, but the Marquette Warriors/Golden Eagles were always number one. He idolized Al McGuire, and he watched every Marquette game until his final days.
In July of 2023, Frank was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The disease progressed quickly, and he was placed on oxygen support. He was lovingly cared for by his wife Nancy, his daughters and their husbands, their grandsons and the entire staff at The Village Pointe Commons, and Lilly Hospice. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be held for Frank on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm and Friday February 16, 2024 from 9:00am until 9:45am with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am, all at St. Robert Parish Church, 2224 East Capitol Drive, Shorewood, Wisconsin 53211. Entombment will follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
If desired, memorials to The Serra Club of Milwaukee, St. Robert Parish or Old Saint Mary’s Parish are appreciated.
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St. Robert Parish
4019 North Farwell Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211
Old St. Mary's Parish
835 North Milwaukee Street, Milwaukee WI 53202
The Serra Club
8021 West Evergreen Road, Mequon WI 53097