Francis A Zappa

September 3, 1925 ~ December 19, 2019 (age 94)


The greatest measure of a man is not measured in the crucible of imperfections, but rather, in the metamorphoses of what he becomes. Francis A. "Frank" Zappa was a man of strength & conviction. He was stern, argumentative and preferred to just do it himself. But, when Frank was needed, he was wise, dependable and unconditionally offered himself to the matter at hand.

Mr. Zappa was a renaissance man who was accomplished in the kitchen, the garden, the dance floor and had been a part of the Philadelphia Mummers Parade as a comic in the Liberty Clowns. He was born in the cradle of Liberty, South Philadelphia. "Mum-Town USA". During these formative years he had contributed to the manpower of our great nation serving as a coxswain in the United States Navy. Frank defended the ideals of our American freedoms during WWII in the American & Pacific Theaters aboard the troop ships; SS Robin Wentley, SS Cape Canso, SS Dashing Wave and the cargo ship SS R. Mansfield.

The world in which we live equally distributes talent. But, it doesn't equally distribute opportunity. Opportunities are often disguised as hard work. Frank had driven a taxi through the city, owned and operated his own Barber Shops in Yeadon, PA Riverside and Delran. He made a career as an ironworker at G.H. Steel Co in Broomall, PA.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Frank pressed lady luck in the casinos at the craps table, enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling stories of the "big one" that got away. Some memories never leave your bones. Like the salt in the sea; they become part of you - and you carry them.

We'll meet again. Don't know where, don't know when. But we know we'll meet again. Mr. Zappa is the widower of his late wife of 64 years Mary (nee Sassano) and is the father of Sandra & her husband Peter Genzano, Barbara Adams and Stephen and his wife Mary Jane Zappa. He is the proud grandfather of 7 and great grandfather of 7. Mr. Zappa is the brother of the late Dominic Zappa and Rose Thomas. He is also survived and will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Mr. Zappa's family would like to extend a sincere thank you and sentiment of gratitude to Dr. Kathleen Heintz, everyone at MD Anderson and the Cooper Heart Institute for all of their care and concern.

Relatives, friends and neighbors are invited to join the Zappa family to share their heartfelt memories on Saturday morning between 8:30 am and 10:00 am at Creran Celebration Etherington & Creran Funeral Homes 400 White Horse Pike Oaklyn. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Branch Pike & Pomona Rd, Cinnaminson.

In honor of those who have sacrificed. In tribute to those who have fallen and in gratitude to those now serving, the United States Navy will offer a military commemoration at New St. Mary's Cemetery & Mausoleum, Bellmawr. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Cooper Foundation Heart Institute 3 Cooper Plaza #311 Camden, NJ 08103 To share a heartfelt memory, please visit #crerancelebration #heartfelt


DEC 28. 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)

Etherington & Creran Funeral Homes
400 White Horse Pike
Oaklyn, NJ, 08107

Mass of Christian Burial

DEC 28. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

St. Charles Borromeo
Branch Pike & Pomona Rds
Cinnaminson, NJ, 08077

Graveside Tribute

DEC 28. 12:30 PM (EST)

New St. Mary's Cemetery
515 W. Browning Road
Bellmawr, NJ, 08031

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