HUDSON FALLS — Frank C. Battiste, 67, of William Street, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on Jan. 26, 1949, in Glens Falls, he was the son of Philip and Grace (Marrano) Battiste.
Frank was a 1967 graduate of Hudson Falls High School and continued his education at Albany Business College, graduating in 1969. In high school, Frank was active playing baseball and basketball. In his younger years, he developed a love for sports. Frank continued this love throughout his life. He enjoyed horse racing and playing men’s fast pitch softball. Frank was an avid New York Yankees fan and loved spending his weekends golfing with his family and friends.
On Nov. 6, 1982, he married Deborah Girard at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls. Together they shared 34 wonderful years of marriage.
Frank worked for U.S. Food Service, retiring in 2014. He also owned several local businesses and was currently the proud owner of Twin Scoops in Hudson Falls.
Frank had a way about him, he would harass you, make you laugh and want to come back for more. He was generous to people in need and donated to several organizations. He would give children in need Toys R Us gift cards for Christmas and with all his giving, he would never let anyone know it came from him. Frank was tough on the outside and soft on the inside. He loved to travel with family and friends. Frank was extremely loyal to those near him and he believed that family and friends are where you turn to when in need.
He was a communicant of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church and a member of the Italian American Club.
Frank was a wonderful, caring and supportive husband, the best father, who was very proud of his kids and would do anything for them. He was a mentor to all of his siblings. Frank was loved by many and will be missed by all.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, his infant sister, Sandra and his brothers in law, Bart Girard and James Woodell.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Battiste of Hudson Falls; his three children, John Barbieri and his wife, Jennifer of Glens Falls and his twin daughters, Francine Battiste and her fiancé, Joe Quintal of Glens Falls and Felicia Battiste and her companion, Ethan Doak of Glens Falls; he was expecting twin grandchildren in January; his parents, Philip and Grace Battiste of Hudson Falls; his brothers and sisters, Michael Battiste of Hudson Falls, Philip (Lynda) Battiste of Saratoga Springs, Marie Battiste Smith of Hudson Falls and Joseph (Heather) Battiste of Hudson Falls; his aunts, Mary Cortese, Marie (Tony) DiFiore, Rosemarie (Ted) McKenna and Amelia Battiste Fuller; his parents in law, Lee and June Girard of Queensbury; his brothers in law and sisters in law, June Woodell, Carol (Jeff) Barton, Tom (Nanette) Girard, Linda (Billy) Selfridge, Toni (Jody) Clark, Mark (Ruth) Girard, Robert (Tiffany) Girard, Michelle (Anthony) Rodriguez, Kerri (Chad) Ross, Lisa (Jeff) Hirsch and Jodi (Eric) Updike; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, Attention: Frank Munoff, P.O. Box 707, Hudson Falls, NY 12839.
Online condolences may be left by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.