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McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Wednesday July 31st, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Visitation

McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Wednesday July 31st, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Funeral Mass

St. Clements Roman Catholic Church
Thursday August 1st, 2019
10:00am

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Committal

St. Mary's Cemetery
Thursday August 1st, 2019
12:00pm

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Francesco Cichello

Francesco A. Cichello “Frank” of Clifton Park, New York passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019 at Saratoga Hospital after an eight-year battle against frontotemporal dementia.  Throughout his illness, Frank lived at home with his devoted wife, Diana (Troiano) Cichello, who remained committed to his care along with a loving team of caregivers.

Born on August 11, 1933 in Jonadi, Vibo Valentia, Italy he was the son of Maria Rosa (Bertuccio) Cichello and Frank J. Cichello.  Deeply religious from a young age, he attended five years of classical training at the Seminario Vescovile di Mileto.  Shortly after immigrating to the United States, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1957.  He graduated from Siena College with a B.A., earned an M.A. from the University at Albany, did post-graduate work at Rutgers University; Benito Juárez University in Oaxaca, Mexico; Middlebury College, and the University at Albany.  In 1973, he graduated from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, with a Ph.D. in modern foreign languages and literatures with proficiencies in Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish, French, and English.  He went on to lead various professional organizations and remained an engaged scholar throughout his career.

From 1963 to 2001, “Doc” was affectionately known to all at Scotia-Glenville High School as a dedicated, yet light-hearted educator who always found time for a teachable moment, imparting far more than conversational Spanish to generations of students. Teaching foreign language for thirty-eight years was a vehicle for Doc to demonstrate an unerring professionalism and spotless work ethic that was accompanied by his daily uniform of an equally impeccable suit and tie.

In retirement, Frank re-focused on service to his family and community.  After leaving teaching to care for his elderly mother, he became a eucharistic minister and served Mass every Saturday at the Saint Francis Chapel on Wolf Road in Albany. He was board member at the Clifton Park Senior Center.  A lifelong member of the Italian Community Center, he helped establish a library there and enjoyed playing in the bocce league.  He took-up cooking, preparing meals for friends and family in a tradition of hospitality that would become his calling card.  No matter who entered his home, Frank greeted them with a cup of cappuccino and an invitation to the table.

Frank is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Diana (Troiano) Cichello, his daughter Francesca A. Cichello (Adam Daily), a grandson Roman, sisters Catherine Tavella and Elisa Messina (Angelo Messina), his nieces Maria Rosa Walker (Daniel Walker), Francine Tavella, Jo Ann Heller (Scott Heller) and nephews Joseph Tavella and Bruno Messina (Mary Ellen).  He was predeceased by his brother, Salvatore M. Cichello, M.D. and his niece, Angela Gutiérrez.

Family and friends are invited and may call on (today) Wednesday July 31, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  and  7:00 pm  to 9:00 pm at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.

Funeral mass 10:00 am on Thursday August 1, 2019 at St. Clement’s Church 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.  Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.   Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.


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A wonderful man and a wonderful family. I will always hold both with the highest regard.

Louis Schiavone Aug 2 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Cichello was one of my favorite teachers ever. His caring ways were always evident. I graduated in 1970 from SGHS. I would often have to come after school for talking so much in class (I am sure I was a source of frustration for him) but he would use that detention time to grow my love for the Spanish language. I now go to Haiti every three months with Mission E4 as the Director of Child Services. The love of language that he imparted to me gave me the desire to learn the Creole language of the children in the 5 schools & 2 orphanages in Haiti that I oversee and serve. I cannot wait to see him again on the other side to thank him personally. May God comfort you all, knowing what an amazing man and teacher he was to so many. Blessings.

Chelle Wright Pitts Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Cichello Family,I had the fortunate experience to have Doc for 4 years of Spanish in high school. He was a fantastic teacher and inspired me to major in Spanish in college and pursue a teaching career. I have taught Spanish and English as a second language because of Doc and have studied and taught around the U.S., Europe and South America. Thank you Doc and God speed.Jim Flanders

Jim Flanders Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Cichello Family,I would like to express my sincere condolences to you Diane and Francesca, on the passing of a good and loving man.Each time I met with Frank my room filled with smiles and happiness and warmth.I will miss him too.I have great memories of Frank and they will go on forever.Thank you for coming to see me over the years and I really enjoyed your visits to my office.I consider myself fortunate to have met and spent some time with this loving ,happy family man and educator.Ti amo & CiaoRichard Checca

Richard and Pamela Checca Aug 1 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Francesca, We wish we could lighten your sorrow but sometimes words fail. Please accept our deepest condolences sent from afar. You are in our hearts and prayers. Zulal and Richard

Jul 31 2019 12:00 AM