Joseph M. Frisina

Born: Wed., Oct. 26, 1927
Died: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 18, 2017
Location: St. John's Catholic Church

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Joseph M. Frisina, 89, of Tidioute, PA, passed away on Monday August 14, 2017 at the Sunrise at Presque Isle Bay Nursing Facility in Erie.

Joe was born October 26, 1927 in Tidioute, a son to the late Joseph and Connie (Yoculan) Frisina.  Joe served in the US Navy from 1945 – 1948.  Joe went on to receive his bachelors in teaching from Edinboro University and then his Masters from Gannon University.  He went on to teach at Corry and Spartansburg schools for many years, retiring form Corry in 1980. To say Joe loved sports is an understatement. He served as a referee locally for basketball for 52 years, football for 47 years, and was a baseball umpire for 21 years. He also coached those three sports at Corry and Spartansburg for many, many years.

Joe also played professional baseball for the N.Y. Giants, the Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians.  He was part of the Pirates Franchise for 52 years serving in many capacities, as a manager from 1980 -1984 and also as a Scout. Joe was also the Scouting Director for Montreal for many years. He was a member of the St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Tidioute and loved to spend time with his family.  He will be missed by his many friends and family.

Joe is survived by his children: L J Frisina of Corry, Mary Frisina of Norfolk, VA and Margaret Palmer of Erie. His Step children: Lonnie (Becky) Styles of Johnstown, PA, Stacy Styles and her husband Brian Keating of Harrison, N.Y., his grandchildren, Lucas Frisina, Scottie Frisina, Michael Palmer, Kara (Chris) Cartwright and Griffith Keating, great-grandchildren: Liam and Brielle Frisina and Brady and Bennett Palmer, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Martha Benner Frisina on January 30, 2016, his siblings: Margaret and Josephine Frisina, Grace Bensink, Helen Shira, Mart Toto, Julia Staub, Frank Frisina and Angelo Frisina.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday August 18 at 11:00am at St. John’s R.C. Church, 25 First St. Tidioute, PA 16351 with the Rev. Fr. Joseph Kalinowski, pastor, officiating. The family suggests memorial donations in Joseph’s name be made to the Corry Little League: P.O. Box 225 Corry, PA 16407.

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Bill "A-z" Aleksiewicz
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
Mr. Frisina - Joe, to all us basketball referees, was one great, understanding individual who was always fair. I enjoyed listening to his stories and telling it like it was at his meetings. Joe - you will truly be missed and I send my sorrow to all the family members.

Dan Clark
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
LJ and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Joe's mentoring made me the basketball official I became. When I was a kid, I would help him get Wright School Field ready for Senior League games. We would have interesting conversations. I always enjoyed working games with Joe because you had to be on your toes. You'd better do it right, or you weren't going to get a chance to do it. A great mentor and a great friend. I will miss him.

Dave Mitchell
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
Margaret, Mary and LJ, sorry to hear of your loss. I have good memories of your dad from way back in the 70s. Remember going with all of you to Pirates game in Three Rivers Stadium. He was well respected as a coach, referee and umpire.
Will keep your family in our prayers.

Charles Curtis
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
My sincerest sympathy and condolences to all the family. Joe was a long time friend and have fond memories of watching him refereeing basketball games.

Aberg Family
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
We were so very sorry to hear this news. We have a great many memories of your dad... we will be keeping all of you in our prayers.

Michael Swank
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Sincere condolences to the Frisina and extended families. Joe was a terrific person, he welcomed me into his home to talk baseball and be reunited with a former teammate. He will live on forever through the stories he shared.

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