Frank J. Chillemi

March 25, 1933 ‒ June 09, 2016

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Frank J. Chillemi, long time resident of Lexington, passed away Thursday evening, June 9, 2016 from Brookdale Kenwood Assisted Living in Cincinnati. He was 83.

Born March 25, 1933 in Mansfield, he was the son of Natale & Rose (Diachile) Chillemi. Frank was a graduate of St. Peter’s High School with the class of 1950 and Mansfield Business College.

From 1950-1989, he was involved in the grocery business. Starting as an employee at Mitch’s Market in Mansfield, he went on to own and operate Frank’s Super Dollar in Mansfield and Lexington. He also opened and managed five convenient markets for Short Stop Inc. in Richland County. From 1967-89 he owned and operated Franks Finer Foods Inc. in Lexington, known as “Franks” by his customers.

An avid horse racing enthusiast, he owned and operated Chillemi Racing Stables, breeding and racing standard and thoroughbred horses.

Frank retired in 1989 and spent time with his loving wife Mary Ann living in Venice, Florida and traveling worldwide. Most important to him was time spent with family and friends at his home near Lexington.

Frank was a member of Resurrection Parish where he served on the Church Council. He planned and helped prepare weekly luncheons for local nursing home patients. Frank also served as Grand Knight and District Deputy 4th Degree of Mansfield Council 687, receiving Knight of the Year honors.

Surviving are his children: Francine Leverone of Cincinnati, Frank P. Chillemi, Jr. of Bellville, and Thomas F. Chillemi of Boston, MA, six grandchildren: Amy Moran, Laura Yarnell, Dana (Mike) Gilgrist, Matthew (Michelle) Leverone, Frank and Dominick Chillemi, his great-grandchildren: Brendon, Ashley, Aubrey, Isabel, Emery, and one on the way Vivienne Rose; a brother Michael Chillemi of Florida; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ann (Rath) Chillemi in 2003, two daughters Marsha Finnegan and Kathleen Chillemi; and two brothers Pat Chillemi and Joe Chillemi.

Frank’s family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2016 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, celebrated by the Rev. Father Nelson Beaver. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory to American Diabetes Association, American Parkinson’s Disease Association, or The Monsignor Edward C. Dunn Foundation may be made at his services.

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  • So sorry to hear about Frank. He and I were very good friends from first grade through high school. One fond memory was playing poker at his home after singing midnight mass then going to the reformatory the next morning to sing Christmas mass for the inmates. At that age we had plenty of pep and needed little sleep. I will pray for him and his family.


  • Dear Fran, Frank, and Tommy,
    Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a wonderful man.
    Sheryl Vaneff Weber

  • I was so sorry to hear about Frank. He instilled in me a work ethic and passion for the grocery business that launched my long and rewarding career in the food business. In the early days in that store on Main Street, it was a pretty small crew with Roger and Betty. Frank was a mentor and like a second father to me. I have many fond memories and I will never forget him and what he did for me.

    My condolences to the entire Chellemi family.

    Dave Hoffman

  • Frank was great store owner to do business with ..I was his frito-lay man for many years he was always very fair with me,and the frito-lay company To the family I`m very sorry,and you have my condolences. Don Rhodebeck

  • Fran,
    Mine & my mothers sincere condolences for your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Although I knew your father for only a few weeks at Brookdale, he touched my heart with his kindness and big smile. He was always happy!!! I enjoyed spending time with your father. I will always think of Frank when I’m in Venice.

    Ronda & Theresa Loux