"Dignity without Compromise"

Frankie B. Volturo

Frankie B. Volturo, 90, passed from this life on Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Claremore Nursing Home. Frankie was born in Sayre, Oklahoma on December 24, 1915 to parents Edward Charles and Una Pearl Schwer. Frankie grew up in Sayre and moved in her sophomore year and graduated from Haileyville High School in 1934. Frankie lived in Okmulgee as a long time resident from 1955 to 2001 and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Frankie married Thomas James (T. J.) Volturo on August 31, 1940, in Hartshorne, Oklahoma. Frankie and T.J. enjoyed 59 years of marriage before his passing in 1999. Frankie is survived by her four children: Charles and wife Carolyn of Sapulpa; Tom and wife Andrea of Claremore; Judy Saxton of Southlake, Texas and Rita Volturo of Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Pat (Schwer) Vaughan, Edmond, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jacquelyn Saxton, Southlake, Texas; Joe Volturo and Ruth Volturo, Tucson, Arizona; great-grandson Hunter Volturo, Tucson, Arizona and sister-in-law and dear friend, Mary Volturo and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by: parents Ed and Pearl Schwer and brother Gene Schwer.

As a young girl, Frankie excelled as an Artist, creating many beautiful works in watercolor. After her marriage to T.J. and raising her children she became an accomplished quilter and enjoyed the art of crocheting, needlepoint, crafts and cooking. Her marriage into an Italian family instilled in her a strong desire to learn how to prepare all the ethnic Italian recipes which she accomplished with great pride. Her Italian dinners were enjoyed by family and friends and her Sunday Italian fare became a ritual so much, that even the local priest became a regular drop-in diner. Her life was complete when surrounded by family and friends. Together, they enjoyed life to the fullest, filled with good times and much laughter. Outside activities while in Okmulgee included the St. Anthony Catholic Daughters and a sewing club with her friends. Frankie also enjoyed the lifestyles of the Red Hat Society and bingo and domino games at Town Village Retirement Center and Burgundy Place in Tulsa for 3 years prior to moving to Claremore.

Funeral services will be held in Okmulgee. A public visitation is planned at the McClendon-Winters Funeral home Chapel (918-756-1677) from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 24 followed by a Rosary at 7:00 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Okmulgee at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 25, with Fr. Benjamin Vima officiating, followed by interment at the Okmulgee cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation (800/283-7800) or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (405/271-7400 or 800/522-0211 in state).