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Francisco Mendiola Sr.January 29, 1930 ~ November 20, 2017 (age 87)
Frank Mendiola Sr., 87, returned to his wife and his heavenly home on November 20, 2017 after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Frank was born to Fortunato and Bartola (Hernandez) Mendiola on January 29, 1930 in Laredo, TX. Frank would later meet and marry his lifelong love, Beatrice Tallabas on November 11, 1950 in Torrington, WY. Frank and Bea moved to Caldwell, ID where they raised their four children. Frank worked for many years and retired from Amalgamated Sugar Company in Nampa, ID.
In Frank’s earlier years he could often be found playing baseball in his boots or throwing a ball for one of his grandchildren. Frank also grew some of the most amazing garden goods; namely his garlic which was a favorite of Casa Valdez who often bought garlic by the bushels out of Frank’s garden. Frank was kind hearted but a bit of a jokester; he sure did like to get Bea fired up from time to time!
Frank is survived by his sons; George Mendiola (Margaret), Robert Mendiola, Frank Mendiola; his daughter Diane Shaul (Al); his grandchildren Shannon Tippin, Chris Mendiola, David Mendiola, Renee Strong, Chuck Price; and his sisters, Angelita Perez and Janie Martinez. He is preceded in death by his lovely wife and soul mate Beatrice Mendiola; grandson Kenney Joe Price; his parents Fortunato and Bartola Mendiola; and siblings, Juana Mendiola, Pete Mendiola, Alicia Garcia, Benito Mendiola, and Manuel Mendiola.
The family would like to give special thanks to those that helped care for Frank in his final months; particularly George and Margaret Mendiola and Christine Noyce.
There will be a Rosary for Frank at Flahiff Funeral Chapel on November 27, 2017. Frank’s funeral is being held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell, ID on November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am. Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com