Frank D. Vivo

CORTLAND — Frank D. Vivo, 66, of Bradley Brownlee Road in Cortland, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, July 29, 2017, at his favorite away-from-home place, their campsite in Ashtabula.

Frankie was born May 11, 1951, the son of Frank D. and Ellen Bisso Vivo in Youngstown. He grew up on the south side of Youngstown, where as a child he was active with the neighborhood kids, in Little League baseball, riding bikes and always enjoying his friends.

He was a member of the Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1969 and enjoyed attending his class reunions. After high school, he proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

On Oct. 21, 1983, he married the love of his life, the former Marsha Burns, and they made their home in Cortland. He was employed before retirement for 34 years at Century Link, formerly Sprint, and he was a lieutenant in the Cortland Volunteer Fire Department before retiring after 10 years. He was a member of VFW Post 6846 in Geneva, Sons of Italy Post 875 in Sharon, Pa., Moose Club in Mecca and a member of Kister Campground. He enjoyed his retirement, traveling with his wife, Marsha, and spending the weekends at Camp Kister, but mostly he enjoyed living life and his grandchildren.

Frank leaves behind his wife, Marsha; two sons, Frank (Vanessa) Vivo of Lombard, Ill., and Sam Ciavarella of Boardman; two stepdaughters, Shelly (Eric) Ruschak of Brookfield and Lori (Paul) Gedeon of Cortland; his sisters, Stella Betsa of Canfield, Mary Ellen Lang of Austintown and Carmel Brinson of Hardeeville, S.C.; brothers, John (Sterling Anderson) Vivo of Youngstown and James (Mark Hanson) Vivo of Savannah, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Jake, Meggin and Nick Goodworth, Eric Jr. and Alyson Ruschak, Xander and Addison Gedeon, and Bianca Rinchiuso. He leaves his father-in-law, Vince Burns of Youngstown; sister-in-law, Debbie Burns of Champion; 14 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great-niece and three great-great-nephews, the fifth generation of his family; along with many cousins, aunts and uncles and many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Marie Betsa; two nephews, Billy and Michael Betsa; his mother-in-law, Lorena Burns; and brother-in-law, Ronald Burns.

As per Frankie’s wishes, there will be no services or calling hours.

Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Ducro Funeral Service and Crematory, Ashtabula, handled arrangements.

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