Harry Fratesi

Harry Fratesi

June 19, 1933 - January 28, 2021
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Harry Fratesi, 87, passed away, Thursday, January 28, 2021, in Texarkana, TX. He was born June 19, 1933, to Dan and Amalite Rocconi Fratesi in Pine Bluff, AR.

Harry began his adult life in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. After four years of service, he came home to farm. He married Olivia Schmalz on April 2, 1956. Harry was a very successful farmer and land owner, and respected by many. He received many awards in recognition of his superior accomplishments in farming. After about 45 years of farming, he and Olivia retired to Quitman, Arkansas for ten years, then moved to Texarkana to be closer to family. He was an active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Lenten Fish Fry, and constructed the football field for St. Joseph High School. He was also a member of St. Albert Catholic Church in Heber Springs, AR and St. Edward Catholic Church in Texarkana. Harry was a great father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be enormously missed.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Olivia Fratesi; and one sister, Mary Louise Richardson.

Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Debbie and Mark Borgognoni of Texarkana, TX and Donna Fratesi of Sheridan, AR; brother and his spouse, Benny and Chloe Fratesi of Pine Bluff, AR; sister, Nancy McGhee of Madison, MS; two granddaughters and spouse, Drs. Sarah and Matthew Buzhardt of Baton Rouge, LA and April Bower of Little Rock, AR; three great-grandchildren: Luke, Abigail, and Michael Buzhardt of Baton Rouge, LA.

A visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with a Rosary service following at 11:00 a.m. with Father Joseph Marconi officiating.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Robinson’s will livestream the funeral. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, PO Box 7434, Pine Bluff 71611 or St. Edward Catholic Church, 407 Beech Street, Texarkana, AR 71854.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A Vigil service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son.
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    1660 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Jimmie McKissack

Posted at 01:06pm
My condolences to the family. I have fine memories of Harry a very fine gentleman

Jeffrey Fratesi

Posted at 10:07pm
Debbie, Donna, Benny, Chloe, and Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear about Harry. Many prayers to y’all and the rest of the family.

Tommy Aureli

Posted at 10:14am
Condolences to the Fratesi family. Many fond memories of going hunting and fishing with Harry and Benny. Harry will be truly missed.

Posted at 07:23am
Benny, Chloe and Fratesi family, we are so sorry for your loss. We only met Harry a couple of times, but it was immediately evident that he was a great man---so genuine, warm and friendly. Please be comforted in the fact that he is now free of a body that failed him and the misery that enveloped him the last few years.
Hugh and Mary Lawhon

George Vontungeln

Posted at 08:40pm
Our condolences to the family

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