Frank Joseph Mirabella, Sr., 87, of Bridge City, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 18. Visitation will be at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 21, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 22, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pall bearers will be Chad Mirabella, Frank Mirabella III, Dustin Mirabella, Dale Mirabella, Hunter Lewis and Joey Albanese. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Ryan Mirabella, Rylen Mirabella and Frank Mirabella IV.

He was born in Port Arthur, on March 29, 1923, to Joseph and Vita Mirabella. Frank was retired from Texaco after 39 years of service as a 1st class machinist. He was a veteran ofWorld War II having served in the Navy for 3 years. He was a Seaman 1st class on the USS Lexington where he was a Gunner and engaged in several battles. Frank’s grandkids took him to Corpus Christi 4 years ago to visit the USS Lexington. It had been over 60 years since the last time he had been aboard. Upon learning of his arrival, dignitaries of Corpus Christi gave him the red carpet treatment. It made the front page of their newspaper. He told many war stories while aboard and captured the attention of all the tourists.

Frank was very active in life. He was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and he never met a stranger. After retiring, Frank and his wife moved to Rayburn 100 where they lived for 20 years. Due to failing health, they moved to Bridge City five years ago. To stay busy, he helped his grandson with his lawn business. His grandson had a hard time keeping up with him. He was always willing to babysit his grandkids and then the great grandkids.

Because of his poor background growing up, he was very generous with all his family. He gave them his love, time, money, and wisdom. Most of all he gave of himself. When in good health, he never missed a basketball game, football game, baseball game, or dance recital.

Frank was a Mr. Fix-it and could fix most anything.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Jo Elmore, Lena Wilson, Rose Faller; brother: Paul Mirabella and daughter-in-law: Amber Purkey Mirabella.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane Mirabella, and sons: Frank Mirabella, Jr. and fiancé Anita Beck of Sugarland, Charles and wife Debbie Mirabella of Bridge City, Ricky and wife Randi Mirabella of Bevil Oaks; grandchildren: Chad and wife Linda Mirabella of Bridge City, Regan and husband Hunter Lewis of Little Cypress, Frank Mirabella III of Houston, Dustin and wife Jessica Mirabella of Houston, Brock Mirabella of Bevil Oaks; great-grandchildren: Ryan, Rylen and LaRae Mirabella of Bridge City, Jaden and Halle Lewis of Little Cypress, Frank Mirabella IV, Mercedes and Alayna Mirabella of Houston; and sister, Annie Guarnere of Groves.

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