Frank Charles Donofrio

December 10, 1921 - August 3, 2009
Frank Charles Donofrio

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Frank C. Donofrio, 87, of Wilmington, went home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, August 3, 2009.

Frank was a warm loving husband, father and grandfather whose quick wit was legendary. His love of people and his sweet smile will be sadly missed by all.

Frank was born in Rome, New York, December 10, 1921, the son of the late Eusebio and Anna Marie Donofrio. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Norma Donofrio in 1981, a sister Vicenzia Vittorella, step-son Richard Reitz, step-grandaughter Naomi Cowell Bright, son-in-law Ronald Kendrick, and sister-in-law Marie Donofrio.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Millie Donofrio, son Lawrence Donofrio, daughter Cheryl Ayers Kendrick, her sons Benjamin Ayers, Joshua Ayers and wife Pawney, and two great granddaughters, Sofia and Isabella Ayers. Step daughter Jacalyn Cowell French and her son Joshua Cowell and wife Stacey, two step-great grandsons, Joshua and Trenton. He is also survived by a brother Joseph Donofrio, sisters Carmella Vella and Beatrice Graboskey and a host of nieces and nephews.

Frank graduated from St. Lawrence University in New York State with a degree in Chemistry. He retired in 1984 from Monsanto Chemical Company.

A celebration of Frank’s life will be held 1:30pm, Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Scotts Hill Baptist Church, where he was an active member.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude’s, Memphis, TN 38105 or Yahweh Center Children’s Village, 5337 Blue Clay Rd. Castle Hayne, NC 28429, in Frank’s memory.

Online condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 41 St. Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • August 04, 2009
    Stacey Huff says:
    we love you, and will miss you very much grampa frank. Our Prayers are with you Gramma Millie and Aunt Jackie. Love You, Stacey, Jim, Helen, Ed, Sally, Savanna and Jersey

  • August 06, 2009
    Judy Pesin says:
    To my dear Father-in-Law: Years and distance never broke the bond thanks to your warmth, wit, and love. Wonderful memories will continue to keep the bond going. Love, Judy

  • August 10, 2009
    Gary Miller says:
    Dear Millie, - I can't tell you how many times I have thought about you and Frank over the years since I last saw you. You made my experience with the Amway business really special. There was a genuine caring that was obvious from both of you that touched me. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. If it helps at all just know that one more person cares that you are hurting and sends you what little bit of strength may be found in a few sympathetic words. I will continue to think of both you and Frank fondly. I know that you have a strong relationship with God and I want you to remember that you are Loved (by many people). Please stay well and when you are ready, get back to embracing the world that you have both loved together all of these years. With Love and Prayers, Gary Miller (I was in Sam and Patti Holmes down-line)

  • August 14, 2009
    Kathy Rielly says:
    Millie, It is hard to put into word what I would like to say want to say at a time like this; but know this are you in my prayers everyday. I know it was hard to let Frank go but he is not hurting any more and he is in a better place now. This is my cell #910-494-7281 if you need to just talk I will listen. OK Love you Kathy Jackson Rielly

  • August 14, 2009
    Paul & Leslie Miller says:
    Dear Millie, You are in our thoughts and prayers on a daily basis. Frank was loved dearly by so many that now have you in their thoughts. We know your loss is great.....but Frank's Victory is something we need to rejoice. God Bless, Paul & Leslie