Joan I. Frappaolo (Santaniello) passed away on Sept. 26 at the age of 89 after a brief illness. Wife of Mauri Frappaolo for 60 years; mother of Joan DeMeo (Richard) and William (Elise Romagna). She was born in Port Washington on Feb. 14, 1926, in her parents’ house that was built by her father at 38 Davis Rd. Joan graduated from Port Washington High School in 1944 and married in 1949. She lived at 20 Main St. for many years.
While in high school she worked for Port Plaza department store. After her children were born she started working for a new children’s shop called Bo Peep, which was bought by Irwin Wise and renamed Kiddie Village and was later known as Wise Village. She then became the cook at the Main Street Deli, which was owned by her son Billy and John Lewis for two years. Upon leaving the deli she was a sales person at Tina’s Place, a local women’s apparel shop, and when it closed she became employed at The Cow Bay Gift Shop, which she loved, especially at Christmastime.
Joan was the last member to pass on from the first generation of two large old Port Washington families. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who loved her very much. She will be missed by all who knew her.