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Dobbs Ferry Photographer LoPinto Dies at 89

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Frank John LoPinto, a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, died March 5 at the age of 89.

A member of the Dobbs Ferry Seniors, LoPinto was a fixture at Dobbs Ferry village events with his musical group, "Italian Strings."

Raised in Brooklyn, he first lived in Yonkers before moving to Dobbs Ferry in 1960. LoPinto graduated from New Utrecht High School and studied photography in college. A veteran of the Army Infantry, he became disabled during World War II and received a Purple Heart.

On April 26, 1952, he married Anna M. Barbarita at St. Denis's Church in Yonkers. LoPinto was a post office worker for 33 years before retiring in 1987. Locally, LoPinto was a photographer, running a business called the Village Photographer and providing photos for the 1974 Dobbs Ferry centennial book, "Life of a River Village."

LoPinto previously sang with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra as one of the "star dreamers." A music arranger, he gave music lessons at his home and at one point had 40 students. He also contributed his efforts to the village talent show, directing and writing music for skits.

He is survived by his wife Anna, his daughters Carol (Richard) McCarron of Hartsdale and Donna (Douglas) LoPinto Waetjen of Tarrytown, his son Philip (Kathleen) LoPinto of Danbury, Conn., his sisters Mary Rose Perrotta of Danbury and Jennie Pugliese of New Jersey and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Josephine Monastero and his brother Ciro and Salvatore LoPinto.

Visitation hours are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. Interment will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Pompeii Church at 95 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. 10522.

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