Following a brief illness, Frank (Frankie) Martello, 74, passed away on October 7, 2019 at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Frank was born to Louis and Antonetta (D’Angelo) Martello on December 16, 1944, joining siblings Rose, Nell and Ken.
The family lived in Elliston, Montana until Frank was 11 years old, at which time they moved to the 6th Ward in Helena. Frank attended Bryant School, Helena Junior High and graduated from Helena High School in 1963.
During high school, Frank played basketball for Helena High and was an outstanding pitcher for four years on the Helena American Legion baseball team. He even had an offer after high school to play professional baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he chose not to pursue.
Frank enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserve in 1965 and served with the 396th Hospital Unit as an X-Ray Technician. He began his career as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service on March 21, 1967. Frank spent the majority of his 40 year career delivering mail on a walking route on Helena’s upper west side in the mansion district. He loved being a mail carrier and was the epitome of dependability and exceptional service.
Frank was a man of great humility, integrity and unparalleled kindness, who always had a ready smile and helping hand. He was a loving son, a beloved brother and the best uncle anyone could hope for. Family was the most important thing in Frank’s life, although anyone who knew Frank understood that sports and cars ranked high on his list of favorite things.
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Frank coached the Helena Reps baseball team for four years and was the assistant coach for the Helena Senators for three years. He played softball for over 30 years with the Village Inn and Coke/Bud teams.
In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Frank was the ultimate sports fan. He enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, especially when the New York Yankees played and when any of the Carroll College athletic teams played, no matter what sport. One of his fondest memories was going to Tennessee in 2004 and watching Carroll College win their third national title in football. Frank was also an avid fan of all the sports his nephew, great-nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews participated in.
Frank loved cars and trucks. “Going for a little ride” was part of his daily routine. He proudly restored a 1929 Model A pickup truck and a 1939 Chevy sedan.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Antonetta Martello, infant brother Dominic, sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Frank Ranalli, niece Virginia (Ginny) Bayne and brother-in-law, Frank Ravnik. Surviving relatives are: sister Nell Ravnik, brother Ken Martello, nephew Nick (Martha) Ranalli and niece Marjorie (Maggie) Martello, great-nephews Jeff Kovick, Jason (Aiysha) Bayne, Ryan (Jamie) Ranalli and Randy (Heather) Ranalli and great-niece McKenzie Kovick (Ben). He is also survived by 13 great-great-nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
Frank had a positive impact on all who knew him. Family and friends alike will miss him deeply.
Viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a funeral service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. Burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at Jorgenson’s, 1714 11th Ave in Helena. Memorials may be made to the Carroll College Athletic Department, 1601 N. Benton, Helena, MT 59625 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Frank.