September 1, 2013
Mr. Frank T. Natale Sr., 87, of of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the E. L. Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility in Amsterdam with his family at his side.
Born in Amsterdam, NY on August 22, 1926 a son of the late Joseph and Maria Petrucelli Natale, he was a lifelong area resident and attended Amsterdam schools.
Mr. Natale worked as a mechanic at the former Natale's Service Station in Amsterdam for most of his life. He also worked at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course part time in his retirement and was a Golf Course member.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church and the former St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam. He was a member of the Columbian Social Club also in Amsterdam.
Mr. Natale was a Navy Veteran of World War II serving with the fighting Seabees. He was stationed in the Philippines and his group worked around the plane that dropped the first Atomic Bomb, the B-29 Super Fortress "Enola Gay."
He married Rose Ripepi on September 5, 1948. She passed away on May 13, 1967. He later married Angela Scheckton on May 30, 1982. She passed away in July of 1995. He is survived by a son, Frank T. Natale Jr. and his wife Carol of Amsterdam and a daughter, Mary Jo Gennett and her husband Jack of Broadalbin, NY. Four grandchildren, Melissa Natale Abramo and her husband Joseph, Carla Natale, Adam Gennett and his wife Xiaohong, and Zachary Gennett; his great-grandson, Julian and Cameron Abramo and several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 9:15 am at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam with Father Pascal A. Iannotti as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday September 4, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy park Ave, Amsterdam. The Columbian Social Club will gather at the funeral home at 6:30 pm for prayers.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Strides Against Breast Cancer Foundation, or the Montgomery Co. SPCA both in care of the funeral home office.
Please sign the family guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.