POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Charles S. DeFraia, of Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. He was 89.
DeFraia was born March 26, 1927, in Poughkeepsie to Louis and Angelina (Lanzarone) DeFraia.
He married Joan Curran in 1950. He was employed by Western Printing and IBM where he worked in the Accounting Department.
DeFraia was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School and he served in the U.S. Army.
He played High School Basketball, All Star Fast Pitch Baseball and played for De'S Jewelers and Western Publishing Basketball.
He also was involved in coaching Minor League Baseball and was the manager for the Polish Club Little League.
DeFraia was also a director for the Polish Club Drum Corp known as the Pacers Drum and Bugle. Over the years, he was one of the people who helped start Bingo at the Polish Club and at St Mary's. He served on the board of directors at the Italian Center.
He is survived by his wife; son Charles S. DeFraia Jr. and his wife, Claire Wasserman of Highfalls, son Michael DeFraia and his wife, Brenda of Pleasant Valley, daughter Cynthia Secor of Poughkeepsie and son Gregory DeFraia and his wife Lisa of Hyde Park; 10 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and sisters Mary Parise of Poughkeepsie and Rosie Biscardi of North Carolina.
Visitation will be Monday, April 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home Inc., 371 Hooker Ave. in Poughkeepsie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main St. in Poughkeepsie. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery in Poughkeepsie.
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