Frank Anthony Ragusa, 91, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2020.
Frank was born on April 21, 1929 in Houston to Jack and Mary Ragusa. He graduated from Jefferson Davis High School where Frank obtained his pilot’s license before his driver’s license. Frank went on to graduate from Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Following graduation, Frank enlisted in the US Air Force.
In 1953, Frank married “Sandy” Ciarella, and they moved to New Orleans where Frank worked for DuPont. He fell in love with the city and would return later in life.
After a few years in New Orleans, Frank and “Sandy” returned to Houston to start a family. Frank began a lifelong career in insurance. During this time, Frank became a member of the Houston Optimist Club, the Sacred Heart Society, and Knights of Columbus, eventually obtaining a 4th degree.
Family and faith were always an important part of Frank’s life. His hobbies included: fishing, making sausage, a passion for music (he played the banjo and guitar), dancing, and was known for being a friend to all.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tony, and former wives “Sandy” Ciarella Ragusa and Luverne Tinsley Ragusa.
He is survived by his loving daughter Julia; granddaughter Amelia and her husband Lane Smith; sister Sadie Nallie; brother Jerry Ragusa and wife Julia, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston from one until five o’clock in the afternoon with a rosary and vigil service beginning at four o’clock. The Rite of Committal will be held at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, 6900 Lawndale Street in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be given to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please click here to view the livestream of the Rosary starting at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday November 1st (no username or password required): https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=160410386683605
Note: Reservation times are available below for those wishing to attend services. Please help us honor the family's wishes in limiting large groups by selecting a reservation time below and limiting your length of stay so that all who wish to pay their respects in a safer way may do so. Face coverings are required by Harris county ordinance and by funeral home policy. We ask that all visitors abide by these guidelines to ensure that this be a healing, peaceful experience for all who attend.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 40 people, spread over 20 min intervals. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their time slot and depart once their 20 minute appointment has elapsed to ensure new guests may have an opportunity to pay their respects to the family. We do this to minimize the risk of transmission and ask that all kindly respect these wishes. Face coverings are required within the funeral home by Harris county ordinance and by funeral home policy.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105