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Frank Adam (Edamo) Filicetti was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Havre, Mont., the youngest son of Rosario and Luigina Filicetti.
He passed away after a longterm illness at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside, Wash., Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, two days shy of his 83rd birthday.
A graduate of Havre High School in Havre, Mont., he served in the Army during the Korean War as a chaplain's aide. He came home and completed his education at Washington State University, where he majored in pharmacy and always remained a loyal Cougar fan. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He married his college sweetheart and moved to Sunnyside, where he was a pharmacist for many years. He owned and operated four local pharmacies.
A well-respected local businessman, you could always count on being greeted personally by Frank when you walked into Eastway Pharmacy. Frank was active in the Washington State Pharmacy Association, serving on the board for several years and as president from 1981 to 1982.
Frank was very energetic and passionate in his activities and his beliefs. In Sunnyside, Frank was a member of St. Joseph Parish, the Elks and Rotary Club. For many years, exchange students from all over the world enjoyed their sponsorship in the Filicetti home. His children and grandchildren brought him great joy.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marcia Lou Filicetti in 1974; stepson, Richard Laws; brother, Samuel Filicetti; sisters, Frances Brisinda and Helen Patrick; and grandson, Correy Laws.
Frank is survived by his wife, Genevieve G. (Bettie) Filicetti of Sunnyside, Wash .; and his children: Rose Marie Filicetti (Neal Savage) of Mountain View, Calif .; John (Mary) of Kent, Wash .; daughter- in-law, Joan Laws of Bothell, Wash .; Scott Laws (Lorie) of Goodyear, Ariz .; Gina Sturken (Alan) of Belmont, Calif .; Mark (Jill) of Boise, Idaho; Joe of Boise, Idaho; Paul (Shelley) of Zillah, Wash .; and 21 grandchildren.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Wash. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at 10 a.m., at the St. Joseh Catholic Church, also in Sunnyside, Wash. Burial will be in the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Wash.
Those wishing to honor Frank's memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department. Those wishing to sign Frank's online memorial book may do so at http://www.funeralhomesmith.com.