Lynn — Mr. Ernest D. “Ernie” Fratangelo, 89 years, of Lynn, died Sunday, January 13, 2013, in a local nursing home after a brief illness. He is the husband of Mary F. (Garofalo) Fratangelo of Lynn and the devoted companion of 28 years to Elaine F. Burt of Lynn. He was born in Castelino, Campobasso, Italy, the son of the late Joseph and Palmina (Persichelli) Fratangelo. He came to the United States at the age of four and has resided in Lynn and Swampscott.
Ernie attended all three Lynn public high schools and graduated from Lynn English High School. While in high school he was a member of the school band and was a standout football player.
He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran of the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of operations. In February, 1944, he was wounded. He participated in actions in the Marshall Islands. Ernie was a member of the Peabody Elks and active in The Danny Thomas St. Jude Program.
Ernie was the founder of Ernie’s Harvest Time. His first store was in Lynn, and then moved briefly to Burpee Road in Swampscott. Ernie then opened his store at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Essex Street for 20 years until 1979. Ernie briefly worked for Carlton Beef and the Hilltop Steakhouse. In 1982, he opened Ernie’s Harvest Time at its current location at 65 Boston Street. In 1998 he transferred ownership to his two sons, but still remained active in the business.
In addition to his companion and his wife he is survived by his two sons, Ernest D. Fratangelo, Jr. and his wife, Ellie of Peabody and Joseph Fratangelo and his wife, Anne Marie of Peabody; his granddaughters, Lisa Flecca and her husband, Andy of Peabody, Amy Houlihan and her husband, John of Lynn, Jill Sherman and her husband, Richard of Lynn; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Flecca, Justin and Callie Sherman and Jack Houlihan. He also leaves several nieces, nephews and Elaine’s grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He is the brother of the late Michael Fratangelo.
ARRANGEMENTS: Ernie’s funeral will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., from the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Pius V Church, Lynn, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, World War II Veterans Lot. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B 102, Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guest book at www.solimine.com.