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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 Waterway.
Frasca, 91, died of natural causes Tuesday in his home, said his daughter, Rosemary Verrecchio.
"He had a colorful personality and loved being around people and throwing parties," she said.
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
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 said.
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 daughter said.
"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
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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. (9 Nov 1932 - Jun 2014)
FRASCA Rose Mary F. ()
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