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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Frank J. Preto

11/01/1945 — 01/31/2023

A close-up photo of Frank Preto smiling for the camera

Frank J. Preto, age 77 of Kirtland, passed away January 31, 2023, at Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby. He was born November 1, 1945, in Cleveland to the late Paul and Helen Preto.

Frank retired from General Electric after many years of service.

Frank was a U.S. Airforce Veteran. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and a member of The Lake County Browns Backers at the Willoughby Eagles. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and was active at the YMCA in Willoughby for many years.

Frank was an official for softball and basketball for over 30 years. Frank especially loved watching his son and daughter’s sporting events. He loved to tell the same funny jokes over and over again. He enjoyed seeing his friends, family, and even stranger’s smile. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Frank was the loving father of Frank Preto and Kim Preto; beloved former husband of the late Karen Preto; dearest brother of Jack (Jan) Preto, Bob Preto, Anna Mae Miller, Margaret Preto, Ellen Dodaro, Tim (Sue) Preto and the late Pat, Paul, Mike, Tom and Maureen Preto; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 6:00 PM Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at Jeff Monreal Funeral Home, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Monday at St. Jerome Church, 15000 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland (Please meet at the church). Burial to follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Twp.

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17 Replies to “Frank J. Preto”

  1. Sue and Bob Schuster February 17, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Dearest Kim and Frank,
    While we shed tears at the loss of your dear dad, I’m certain he is regaling the angels above with his funny jokes. Thank you for sharing him with our family.
    Sending you kindness, wishing you strength and holding you close in our hearts.


  2. May God hold Frank and family in the palm of his hand.


  3. Prayers for Frank’s family. Frank was a gentle, soft-spoken man. He will be missed.


  4. karen & Bob Krivanek February 17, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Please accept our sincere condolences to all his family & friends. Frank was a very kind person & will be missed.


  5. PATRICIA A. GRONICK-MICHAEL GRONICK February 17, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    The world is dimmer for the loss of Frank. A beloved friend for decades. His smile was always so special –one of the few people who ever called me Patty. He will be missed by so many of us who loved him so very much


  6. Judith Kozel Zanzucchi February 17, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jackand Jan Preto,and all the Preto Family,and,I’m sad with/for you ,at this time,upon the passing of Frank.May Our Good Lord Send Legions of Angels to comfort you all; And May Frank’s Memory always be a Blessing;And,may He Rest In Peace.


  7. Marcus & Michelle Gondorcin February 17, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    We will always cherish the memories of your father and all the good times we shared.


  8. Barbara Wranich Dykes February 17, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family. I hold very fond memories of the entire family.


  9. My sincere condolences to the Preto family for your loss. May happy Memories carry you through this sad and difficult time. When I think of Frank I think of the Happy Birthday song I sang to him like Marilyn Monroe. Rest in Peace Frank.


  10. Cee & Guy Iarussi February 17, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Sorry to hear of his passing,but I am sure he had a great welcoming committee up in heaven.


  11. My deepest sympathies to the Preto Clan, My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you. The video tribute was awesome. Rest in Peace, Frank. Mark Dieterich ( St. Jerome Alum)


  12. Jim Mihelic & Elaine Chmielewski February 17, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    We had a great time in Ireland with Frank and a bunch from the Irish Club. Frank helped set up the itinerary, and arrange the B&B we stayed at while there. We had a great time on the bus, playing pinochle and stopping at all the beautiful sites. He will be missed. RIP Frank.


  13. Frank, you were a true gentleman and asset to every organization you were involved in. I had the pleasure of knowing you as an ump when I played softball and then as a ref when I coached CYO basketball, and most recently as an amazing member of the Celtic Nations Society. You ALWAYS had great ideas and wanted to be involved. I was proud to have you as a friend and you will be missed. Rest In Peace ! Heaven just got a new comedian


  14. I’m so sorry for your loss. Frank was always a very friendly person. My prayers are with you all


  15. Willoughby Eagles 2300 February 17, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Brother, May the Lord hold you gently in his hands, and comfort those who grieve at your passing. You will be sadly missed by all those whose lives you touched.


  16. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed at our Celtic Nations meetings.


  17. Alice Kloos Gilmorei am pf February 17, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    I am Prayiing for Frank’ as he enters the pearly gates. To
    Franky and Kimmy
    Nice tribute to your
    May you always be reminded of him by his humor and his sllly jokes
    God bless Frank and all he loved


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