Frank A. Reda Jr.

June 18, 2024

Frank Angelo Reda Jr was the son of Frank Reda and Adeline (Salitore) Reda. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Rose (Buttice), Delores (Viso), Evelyn (Fisher) and Nancy. His younger sister Adeline (Saso) remains.
He was the fifth child of six, and the only boy. He grew up in Cicero IL and worked in his father’s barber shop as a boy. He learned to play the accordion at age 4, and became accomplished by the time of high school. He won a car by taking first place, playing accordion, in the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour in 1950. After graduation from Morton High School, he attended DePaul University, graduating in 1957. Frank was then drafted into the Army and served active duty for 2 years and reserves for 4 years. He was initially a tank commander, but eventually came to lead the 17 piece Army show band. He even qualified for the Airborne unit.
Frank married, not the girl next door, but the girl 3 doors away, Marilyn Napolitan on December 28, 1958. They honeymooned in Miami beach, then headed to Fort Knox, KY, where Frank was stationed. After Frank’s honorable discharge from the army, they moved back to Cicero, IL. They had 2 sons, Frank Reda III and Joseph Reda. Frank initially worked in the insurance industry, for CNA and Penn Mutual. He later sold pianos and organs for Wurlitzer, Baldwin and other companies. He won many sales contests and prizes, including a second car in 1980. All through his career he continued to moonlight playing piano and accordion all throughout Chicagoland. Frank and Marilyn bought a home in Glen Ellyn, IL in 1975 where they lived for almost 20years while their sons finished school.
In 1994 Frank and Marilyn moved to Springfield, IL to be with Frank III, when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. They later moved to Fort Myers, FL in 2001 and then Naples, FL in 2003. Frank found a renewed career in music in Florida, playing all sorts of venues throughout Southwest Florida, often playing 3-5 nights per week. In 2003, he recorded a jazz trio album with his sons.
Frank’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, cars and travel. He loved spending time with his family, including his daughter-in-law Dawnya (Brunk), his granddaughters Julia Reda and Francesca (Reda) Leonardo and her husband Abel, and his great-grandaughter Natalia Leonardo and great-grandson Giovanni Leonardo.

Visitation Friday June 21, 2024 at Cappetta’S West Suburban Funeral Home 4920 Main St.,. Downers Grove from 4-8 P.M. Funeral Services Saturday 11 A.M. at the Funeral Home. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Avow Hospice 1095 Whippoorwill Dr. Naples, FL 34105

SERVICES: Frank A. Reda Jr.

VISITATION:  June 21, 2024
Day: Friday
Time: 4:00-8:00 P.M.
Location: Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home

Day: Saturday 11 A.M.
Time: 11 A.M.
Location: Cappetta’s West Suburban Funeral Home

INTERMENT: Queen of Heaven Cemetery

Date of birth:07/21/1934

Date of passing: 06/15/2024