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Francesco Stoppini
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Obituary for Francesco Stoppini

Francesco Stoppini, 89, a resident of Elmhurst Twp, died on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at home. He and his wife, the former Mary Ann Jankauskas, would have celebrated their 50thwedding anniversary on May 11th.

Born in Rome, he was the son of the late Francesco and Gerarda (Brienza) Stoppini and graduated from the University of Rome. Francesco grew up in the travel and hotel industry in Italy during World War II and that upbringing began a lifetime of service to others. Since he knew how to speak English, he became an interpreter for the mayor of his hometown of Assisi and after 3 years, he moved to Rome to work for the Allied Screening Commission. Francesco was then asked to travel to New York, the home of the 1950 International Fair, to supervise the preparation and construction of a replica of the Porziuncola, the favorite prayer chapel of St. Francis of Assisi in order to raise money for an orphanage in Assisi. While in New York, he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, working throughout Europe in top secret and linguistics services and following his honorable discharge, he was one of only two people in the United States granted honorary U.S. Citizenship for this service. After his time in Army, he returned home and continued working in the travel industry where he became known throughout Italy as “The Father of Student Travel”.

Francesco's love for Italy never wavered and to share his love with others, together with Mary Ann, they started American Travel Group, Inc, making many memories for many people through the years. On June 10, 1993, he was appointed to serve as Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Italian Consular Correspondent, an uncompensated position where he helped over 500 people obtain Italian citizenship, get their pensions, recover property, solve inheritance issues and resolve any other problems presented to him.

In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by his two daughters: Geraldine Stoppini and her husband Salvatore Puglisi of New York, Francesca Stoppini and her husband Eric Prosser of Massachusetts; his son: Gabriele Stoppini of Maine; his grandchildren: Stefania & James Prosser of Massachusetts and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his only sister: Dora (Stoppini) Penco.

Francesco’s family would like to extend a special thanks to his many wonderful friends who have shared such great memories and also to his caregivers at DaVita Dialysis and Traditional Home Health and Hospice Care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 9 at 11:30 am in The Church of Saint Eulalia, 214 Blue Shutters Road in Roaring Brook Twp. Military Honors will be rendered following the Mass.

Visitation will be held from 9:30am until the time of the Mass at The Church of Saint Eulalia. A Luncheon will follow at the Christian Education Center next to the First Presbyterian Church, 108 Maple St in Elmhurst Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Stoppini Charitable Foundation, 100 Elizabeth Street, Elmhurst Twp Pa 18444 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, LLC in Spring Brook Twp. To share your fondest memories of Francesco, please visit the funeral home's website, Facebook page or the Francesco Stoppini Memorial Page on Facebook.


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Visitation

Saturday

9

Jun

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Church of Saint Eulalia

214 Blue Shutters Road
Roaring Brook Twp., Pa 18444

Service

Saturday

9

Jun

11:30 AM
Church of Saint Eulalia

214 Blue Shutters Road
Roaring Brook Twp., Pa 18444

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