PALMISANO, Frankie F. (nee Valentine) Loving wife of Emanuel Palmisano. Devoted mother of Robert Lowman (the late Brenda), Laureen (Jack) Ranz and Mark Palmisano. Cherished grandmother of Maddie and Gabby Ranz. Adoring sister of Geraldine (Jake) Fitzpatrick and the late Marjorie (Charles) Gosney, Elbert (Christine) Valentine, Mary Lou (Stacie) Ellis, Matt (Sharlene) Valentine, Paul (Faye) Valentine, and Marilyn (Joe) Tenhundfeld. Beloved sister-in-law of Mary Jane Palmisano, Paul (Marilyn) Palmisano and the late Joan (Pres) Adamson and Shirley Palmisano. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 82 years of age. Visitation at MEYER FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Bridgetown Rd., on THURSDAY (March 11th) from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, followed by Christian Funeral Service on FRIDAY (March 12th) at 10:00 AM. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Assoc., 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, OH 45203. www.bjmeyer.com
Frankie Faye (nee Valentine) Palmisano passed away peacefully in her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, surrounded by family in prayer on March 1, 2021. Frankie, the youngest of eight siblings, was born in Leslie County, Kentucky, and grew up in a modest, three-room farmhouse with no indoor plumbing, which they lovingly referred to as "The Old Homeplace." While they were light on material possessions, their home was overflowing with familial love and a deep faith in God.
Frankie moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957 after tragically witnessing her own mother be shot and killed by two local criminals. She would ultimately marry and have three children, Bobby (Mel Lowman) and Laureen and Mark (Emanuel Palmisano). Her children (and later her grandchildren) were always where she found her greatest joy in life, devoting to them every bit of her heart. They knew they were loved.
Frankie also found her calling in the care and love of the elderly. Frankie worked for many years at Summit and West Park nursing homes, where she was known to bake cakes for residents' birthdays and corsages for Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, all on her own time. She later worked for more than 20 years at St. Francis/St. George (now Mercy West) Hospital, where she was the recipient of many awards, including Housekeeper of the Year Award and the prestigious Franciscan Health Partnership Spirit Award (often awarded to physicians or executives) for exemplifying compassion, competence, collaboration and creativity. She was equally proud of both honors.
Frankie loved her Lord and truly lived her faith. Any chance she got, she praised Him for the miracles of her life, including the recovery of her eldest son after a fatal car accident when he was 17. If you knew Frankie in any way, she had definitely prayed for you and probably with you. She had most certainly shared stories of her faith journey with you, and you were most likely changed in some way because of knowing her.
Frankie was the purest of souls. She was kind, genuine, compassionate and completely open-hearted. She was also extremely funny without even knowing it most of the time, probably because she was never trying to "be" anything. Frankie lived life with zero pretense, with her heart (and arms) wide open for any and all. We will forever miss that sweet embrace but take great comfort knowing she is being wrapped in the warmth of her forever home.