Niagara Gazette


April 26, 2014

Michael Louis Francioli


Michael Louis Francioli, 89, of Niagara Falls, NY, entered into rest at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on April 24, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born in the Bronx, NY on January 24, 1925. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WW II, on a flight crew as a communications specialist, in Europe and North Africa. Michael was decorated with the European African-Middle Eastern Service, Good Conduct and Victory Medals. After the war, he married his childhood sweetheart, Antoinette. He was employed with the US Postal Service before relocating to Niagara Falls, NY, as co-owner of a Carvel Ice Cream Supermarket with longtime friends, before retiring from his final employment with the Niagara Falls Airbase Police. Michael was an avid reader of science, nature and philosophy books, as well as an Advanced Class Licensed Amateur Radio Operator, building his own electronic radio equipment, and also being active as a member of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) for national emergency alerts. Michael was also an accomplished artist working with pen and ink, oils and wood carving.
He is survived by his son, Michael Anthony Francioli and his wife, Diana (nee Nicholson); another son, Francis Paul Francioli and his wife, Connie (nee Martin); and also a sister, Rose Leonardi; grandchildren, John Francioli, Dianna Brock (nee Francioli), Francine Whittaker (nee Francioli), Janette Evans and Geoffrey Evans, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Predeceased by wife, Antoinette (nee Pagano) and grandson, Dennis Francioli, as well as nieces and nephews.
There will be no prior visitation as Michael wished to make an anatomical gift to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Donations or contributions can be made to Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 2709 Transit Road, Newfane, NY 14108. 
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