Olivia Fratesi

Olivia Schmalz Fratesi

May 24, 1932 - July 12, 2019
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Olivia Fratesi, 87, passed away, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Texarkana, TX. She was born May 24, 1932, to Joe and Clara Schmalz in Paris, AR.

Olivia completed Draughon School of Business and was employed by National Old Line Insurance in Little Rock, AR. After marrying Harry on April 2, 1956, she became a homemaker and assisted him in running the clerical aspect of their farm in Grady, AR. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, AR and active in the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters. After retirement, she and Harry moved to Quitman, AR for ten years. They attended St. Albert Catholic Church in Heber Springs, AR where Olivia was a member of the Glory Be Girls and organized Italian Fest. In 2014, Olivia and Harry moved to Texarkana, TX to be closer to family and attended St. Edward Catholic Church.

Olivia was an avid bowler for many years with the Coffee Cup League in Pine Bluff. She continued to bowl in Heber Springs and briefly in Texarkana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers: Leonard Schmalz, Eugene Schmalz, Raymond Schmalz, William Schmalz, and Gerhard Schmalz; and one sister: Agnes Siebenmorgen.

Survivors include her husband, Harry, of Texarkana, TX; two daughters and one son-in-law: Debbie and Mark Borgognoni of Texarkana, TX and Donna Fratesi of Sheridan, AR; two granddaughters and spouses: Drs. Sarah and Matthew Buzhardt of Baton Rouge, LA and April and Todd Bower of Little Rock, AR; two great-grandchildren: Luke and Abigail Buzhardt of Baton Rouge, LA.

A visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with a Vigil service following at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Monsignor Jack Harris officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff 71601 or St. Edward Catholic Church, 407 Beech Street, Texarkana, AR 71854.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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    Vigil Service will follow at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2019 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    412 West 6th Avenue
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    1660 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Julie Cracchiolo

Posted at 11:26am
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Joann Kongenske, Lois Miller

Posted at 08:27am
"Olivia Fratesi" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Charles & Helen Schmaltz Family

Posted at 11:44pm
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Todd Partin

Posted at 09:52am
It was a true honor and blessing for all of us at Cornerstone Retirement Community to share in Mrs Olivia’s life! My prayers are with Harry and all the family.

Suzie Tucker

Posted at 01:07am
So very sorry to hear of your loss of Olivia. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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