Emanuele ('Manny') Di Franco had many passions from dancing, cooking, eating, traveling, socializing, but nothing compared to the love he had for his family.
Manny was born on October 22nd, 1943 in the gorgeous mountainside of Forli del Sannio, Italy, the youngest of seven siblings. After migrating to the US and settling in Cleveland, Ohio, he started his family and led a diligent and hard-working life in construction. In more recent years, he focused his time on the selling of antiques, tools, and other small treasures.
Manny was an incredible fighter beating leukemia earlier in his life and in recent years, he battled cancer. This symbolized who he was and his principles of working hard, being strong, and always being there for your family no matter what.
He will forever be remembered by all for his love of life and dancing. Dancing united Manny to everyone and us to him. The music, as he would say, "just makes me forget all my problems and I just want to get out there". Manny loved the small moments, the cups of coffee, as well as the big celebrations that suited his big personality that we will forever hold close in our memories. He was a long-time faithful member of The Rionero Sannitico Recreational Club.
Manny is survived by his three children, Lisa Hanicq, Lori Glenn, Michael Di Franco, his former wife Marianne Di Franco, his brothers Nick Di Franco, Amedeo Di Franco, sisters Livia Di Franco, Almerinda Licata, beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother Carmine Di Franco and sister Maria Capretta .
UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION:
A Memorial Celebration of Manny's life will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2020, with visiting from 10 - 11 am and Words of Remembrance at 11 a.m. at
FIORITTO FUNERAL HOME, 5236 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124 (East of Richmond Rd.), followed by Inurnment at All Souls Cemetery. Flowers are welcomed by the family and may be delivered to the Funeral Home on Friday, June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Social distancing will be observed at both visitation and cemetery. Visitors are required to wear a mask. During visitation we will only invite in a certain number of guests at a time for everyone's protection. You may experience a wait time to enter the funeral home. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
For those who cannot attend the funeral service in-person, we will be offering a Zoom meeting from 11-11:30am. If you would like to participate, please provide your email as soon as possible to Michael DiFranco @ email@example.com. You will receive an email with Zoom link and dial up information prior to 6/20/20.