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Frank Anthony Sorrentino passed away peacefully at age 84 leaving his wife of 58 years Maria, three children (Anne, Paul, Christine and their spouses) and six grandchildren (Cody, Austin, Vincent, Anthony, Hallie, Sophia)and by his sister Rosemarie. Visitation will be Sunday, January 22, 2017 with the family greeting friends from 3:00 to 4:00. Following visitation guests will be received at 4:30pm in the Sorrentino home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 Monday, January 23, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Stillwater, Ok. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Raised in Brooklyn, New York, he attended the College of Aeronautics, after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. While at college he met the love of his life, Maria whom he married in 1958. Upon graduation, he worked for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, MO, followed by three years at Raytheon, in Massachusetts working on the Hawk Missile System, and three years at RCA in New Jersey on the Ballistic Missile System Radar. He then went to Grumman Aerospace Corporation on Long Island New York, where he worked for 27 years and it was there both he and Maria raised their family.
During his years at Grumman, Frank was involved with many interesting programs such as the LEM, the vehicle that took the astronauts to the moon. He eventually became Director of Procurement of all off-site Grumman facilities such as Pennsylvania, where Grumman manufactured 100,000 U.S. Mail trucks and Cape Canaveral in Florida. While at Grumman he was also involved with fundraising programs for N.Y. colleges and museums. He was in charge of the 1986 Commissioning party of the USS Teddy Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier.
Frank became the Corporate Small Business / Minority Business Liaison Officer in 1988 and the Small Business Administration (S.B.A) named him the 1988 Minority Business Advocate of the year. During his career at Grumman he made countless speeches related to "How to be a Successful Small Business Entrepreneur."
After retirement he moved to Stillwater, OK. In Stillwater, he volunteered his time to S.C.O.R.E. an organization involved with the U.S.S.B.A. in helping small businesses getting established. He was appointed the District Director of SCORE for Oklahoma. For 10 years he wrote a monthly article for the Stillwater News Press on How to be a Successful Small Business Entrepreneur. In addition he conducted numerous small business workshops in Tulsa and OKC giving counsel to small business firms who were starting out. He was generous with his time, his joy for life was infectious, and anyone who met Frank felt welcome in his company.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www. Strodefh.com
Published on January 20, 2017
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