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FRASCA Liberato (Liberty)
Birth: 27 Mar 1903 Serino, Italy
Death: 6 Sep 1994 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Burial: 9 Sep 1994 Queen of Heaven Cemtery, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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1940 in Melrose Park, Cook Co., Ill. work supervisor building contractor
LIBERTY FRASCA, LAUDERDALE DEVELOPER
Liberty Frasca was 16 when he arrived in America in the early 1900s with nothing more
than ambition and a dream, his family said.
Mr. Frasca settled in Chicago and soon found a job in the construction industry.
Within a few years, he started his own construction business, the first step in fulfilling
what would turn out to be a classic American rags-to-riches story.
Mr. Frasca, a successful Chicago businessman who would retire to Fort Lauderdale
and become a prominent developer in the 1950s, died on Tuesday at his Coral Ridge
home. He was 91.
"He was one of those guys who just couldn't sit still," said his daughter, Rosemary
Verrecchio of Niles, Ill. "He only had a second-grade education and couldn't read or
write, but he did pretty good for himself."
Mr. Frasca was a pioneer developer in Fort Lauderdale, building oceanfront complexes
and apartment buildings. He built the Villa Frasca Apartments on Bayview Drive and
was among the first to construct a home in Coral Ridge.
"There was no street here, no sidewalks, no sea wall - just the waterway," he said in
a 1987 interview about his home. "I could just see that water coming over the bank
one day so I built the sea wall."
The Villa Frasca Estate on the Intracoastal Waterway is a a Roman-style villa and
contains treasures and antiques Mr. Frasca collected and brought from Italy.
For 20 years, Mr. Frasca and his wife, Mary, owned and operated the Sky Club
nightclub and restaurant in Chicago. The couple were married for 67 years.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Frasca is survived by a son, Donald Frasca,
of Addison, Ill., nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kraeer Funeral Home, 4061
N. Federal Highway. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at
Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Friday, September 9, 1994
LIBERTY FRASCA, 91, FT. LAUDERDALE BUILDER
While detained at Ellis Island, Liberty Frasca spent hours staring across the harbor at
the Statue of Liberty. Immigration officials couldn't pronounce his name -- Liberato --
so they nicknamed him Liberty.
Frasca kept the name.
Frasca constructed several Fort Lauderdale apartment complexes, including the Villa
Frasca apartments and his home, also called Villa Frasca, on the Intracoastal
Frasca, 91, died of natural causes Tuesday in his home, said his daughter, Rosemary
"He had a colorful personality and loved being around people and throwing parties,"
Frasca was born in Avellino, Italy, near Naples. His mother
put him in a boat to America so he could make a better life for
himself, his daughter said. He arrived in the United States while he was a teen and
ended up living in Chicago.
Frasca started his own construction company and built hundreds of homes in Melrose
Park, Ill. During the early 1940s, Frasca built and operated the Sky Club in Elmwood
Park, Ill. Stars such as Liberace and Ray Charles performed at the club, his daughter
Frasca semi-retired in 1958 and moved to Fort Lauderdale.
He and his wife of 67 years, Mary, hosted Fort Lauderdale Christmas Boat parade
parties at their home and won several first-place awards for home decorating, his
"He was real, genuine and loving," his daughter said. "He wanted to be surrounded
with people all the time."
In addition to his wife and daughter, Frasca is survived by a son, Donald Frasca of
Addison, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kraeer Fort Lauderdale
Funeral Home. A Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic
Church in Fort Lauderdale.
Miami Herald, The (FL) - Thursday, September 8, 1994
FRASCA Pellegrino (16 Sep 1863 - 1937)
MANZO Rosa (4 Oct 1867 - 30 Sep 1957)
FRASCA Angelo (1889 - 1919)
FRASCA Marco (25 Nov 1892 - 1 Nov 1976)
FRASCA Anthony J. (25 Apr 1896 - Nov 1977)
FRASCA Donato (Donald) (8 Aug 1898 - 3 Nov 1986)
FRASCA Liberato (Liberty) (27 Mar 1903 - 6 Sep 1994)
Marriage To FORNIOLA Mary (1908 - )
m. 3 Jul 1927 Chicago, Ill.
FORNIOLA ----- ()
----- Lucy ()
Children by FORNIOLA Mary 1908 -
FRASCA Donald F. ()
FRASCA Rose Mary F. ()
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