EAST MILLINOCKET - Dr. Frank Mario Civiello, beloved husband of the late Mary Avis Pheeney Civiello, passed away peacefully April 20, 2013, surrounded by his family at home. He was born April 29, 1922, in Millinocket, the son of Dennis and Carmella Primiano Civiello.
He was one of 12 children and grew up in the neighborhood of "Little Italy," of which he was so grateful and proud. After graduating from Stearns High School and attending business school in Worcester, Mass., Frank served on the USS Enterprise and USS Lexington during World War II
, out of the entire Pacific Theater, Air Group 20 received the Presidential Citation while he was aboard the Lexington. After the allied victory, he resumed his studies at Ricker College, Houlton, and he continued on to earn his graduate degree from Georgetown University Dental School, Washington, D.C., in 1952 . Frank opened his practice in East Millinocket and happily served the community for 55 years, retiring at age 85. Frank was an Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Peters Catholic Church as well as a Catechism teacher for more than 40 combined years. He was a founding member and past president of East Millinocket/Medway Chamber of Commerce, a fourth degree knight and past grand knight of Knights of Columbus, and a proud member of Pitch Club, Elks Club
and Hillcrest Golf Club. Frank built his family's beautiful cedar log camp with views of Mount Katahdin on the shores of Ambajejus Lake for his wife and children to enjoy. It was at camp that Frank and wife, Mary, hosted family reunions for many years. He established the "Civiello Invitational," a week long golf trip, in order for his family to enjoy time together every summer.
Frank was predeceased by his son, Frank Jr.; stepsons, Roderick and Thomas Pound; brothers, Joseph, Louis, Michael and Father John Civiello; and sisters, Frances Rush, Pauline Rush and Antoinette Kelley. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen Adlerstein of Freeport; sons, Anthony of Millinocket, Samuel of South Sanford and Mark of Portland; brother, Charles of Stuart, Fla.; sisters, Mary Thompson of Rocky Hill, Conn., Lillian Bolduc of Portland and Ann Ouellette of Auburn; grandchildren, Kristen, Aaron, Julie, Ellis and Jocelyn Maxwell and Ava; and great-grandchild, Francesca.
Friends are invited to visit with the family 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where a prayer service will be said 7:30 p.m by Knights of Columbus. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 58 Cedar St., East Millinocket, with Monsignor Paul Stefanko, presiding priest. Memorial donations may be sent to Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field St., Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com