Vineland – Being a volunteer is not enough. We have to do. – Leonardo da Vinci Frank J. DeMaio, Jr. passed away on Wednesday August 25 at Inspira Hospital, Vineland, NJ after receiving the best modern multidisciplinary and compassionate medical care. He was 90 years old. Many considered Frank to be a Renaissance man. Most knew him as a dedicated physician who valued education and his community. He never forgot his beginnings, his family, his friends and his colleagues. The driving force of his life was to make the world a better place than he had found it. Frank felt lucky and over the course of his life received recognition for many of the services and tasks he performed. His parents, Genoeveffa and Francesco, immigrated from Forio, Ischia, settling in Landisville where Frank was born. His work ethic, his love of Italy, his curiosity and his sense of civic duty come from them. Childhood friends, Americo “Rick” Antonelli and Anthony Napoli, attended Vineland High School and Villanova University together. Rick graduated from law school. Anthony and Frank are graduates of Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel). There Frank completed a general internship, internal medicine residency and lung scholarship, and then a new field. He returned home to Vineland in 1963 and opened an office. After 53 years of solo medical practice, he retired with his office nurses, Terry Aberle and Larissa Emigholtz. A hallmark of his life was education and lifelong learning. Frank was the Class VHS Class of 1949 Promotion and Student Chairman, an Honorary Student of Villanova, and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. In Newcomb and later at South Jersey Regional Hospital (now Inspira), he sponsored high school and college students giving them exposure to medicine. Frank has also worked with Gloria Ronchetti and the nursing program. He started and managed weekly educational Grand Rounds in Newcomb and after the merger with Inspira Health Center. He provided the content for the Inspira medical history showcases. To honor and recognize exceptional physicians, he created the “Doctor of the Year”. The Inspira Health Center Education Center is named in his honor. A solo practitioner, he was rarely far from his patients. He really did make house calls. He has been recognized by several agencies: Doctor of the Year 1997, Home Care Center for the Development of Home Health; the 1998 Vineland Chamber of Commerce Professional Business of the Year; the 2000 Legion of Honor prize from the Four Chaplains Chapel for “service to all, regardless of religion or race”; and the 2015 “Grapevine” Hometown Hero “. The United States House of Representatives Congress, NJ State Senate and General Assembly, and Cumberland County have officially recognized her” invaluable “medical services community. Frank has served in many medical leadership positions. at Newcomb Hospital, South Jersey Regional Medical Center and Inspira. In Newcomb, he served as chair of the medical department from 1974 to 1976, chairman medical and dental staff from 1979 to 1982 and board member from 1982 to 1989. Frank was proud of his heritage and was involved in many organizations. He launched the annual Italian Heritage Student Art Exhibition for high schools in the area at the public library. For years he has spoken at the annual Columbus Day ceremony. He has given informative slideshows on Italian history and Padre Pio L’Associazone Regionale Sicilian a in 2008 and the Sicilian-American Club in 1997 recognized his efforts with Lifetime Achievement Awards. His civic contributions extend to Friends of H Istoric Vineland to celebrate the founding of Vineland. “Founder’s Day” has grown into a 2-day celebration with over 40 exhibits, contests and entertainment. He was chairman of the 150th founding celebration of Vineland. Many knew him from having played the founder of Vineland, Charles Landis. Many local and regional organizations have applauded his efforts to keep history alive, including the Millennium Commission, the Cumberland County Bar Association, Cumberland County and the Town of Vineland and Hendricks House. Frank’s lifelong creative streak and interest in hobbies is varied, even in his youth. His hobbies included gardening roses and azaleas, metalworking, masonry, carpentry, cabinetmaking, sleigh restoration, photography, photo restoration, archival framing and airbrush art images. He especially enjoyed photographing the new VHS swim team. Frank was a partner with (predeceased) best friends Norman and June Cohen in the “Grace Christmas Tree Farm”. Frank is predeceased by his wife of 62, Grace Marlene Landrum. They were the proud parents of three children: Marlene, orthopedic surgeon and US Navy veteran; Francesco “Keith”, a linguist; and Frank Nicholas, special educator. Her two sisters were teachers. He is also survived by his sister, Candida ‘Connie “Logan (J. Douglas); nieces, Carol Logan Lew (Kent), Roberta Maria (Chiofalo) Uniglicht, Mary Sharon Bedrosian; nephews Salvatore (Lucy) Chiofalo, Jr; James D. (JD); and other family members Gail Branc, Carolee (Jim) Krasnov, Christopher Chiofalo and Stephanie Chiofalo. He is predeceased by his sister Mary Chiofalo and husband Salvatore. Frank leaves behind many friends and colleagues. His family wish him could list them all. Out of respect for Dr. Frank, his family ask everyone to wear a mask regardless of their immunization status. A visit to the church will be held on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 9am to 11:00 am followed by a funeral mass at 11:30 am for Christ The Good Shepherd Parish – Church Of Sacred Heart, 1010 East Landis Avenue, Vineland. Interment will follow at Siloam Cemetery, Vineland. ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360
Donations in Frank’s memory can be made to: The Inspira Foundation or any charity of your choice. To send your condolences online, please visit our website at www.RONEFUNERALSERVICE.com
Published by The Daily Journal from August 27 to August 30, 2021.