Thursday, February 23, 2012

Melinda L."Mindy" Frungillo

Belmont, NY - Melinda L."Mindy" Frungillo of 6430 Baker Valley Road went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family in Belmont on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. She was born on August 2, 1963 the daughter of Daniel and Patricia (Piper) Gleason. On December 5, 1981, in Wellsville she married Steven Frungillo Sr. who survives

Melinda graduated from Wellsville High School in 1981. While raising a family she went to college at Alfred State to earn an Associates Degree as a Veterinary Technician. She taught at Alfred State College for one year in the same curriculum. She was employed by Alfred-Almond School as a fulltime substitute teacher for over 10 years until her illness was diagnosed in July 2011.

Melinda was the person that everyone went to for support and plain facts. Her biggest interest in life was her family and friends and was the center of her husband's life and love. She took great pride in watching her daughter and son grow and become who they are today. Her grandsons Collin and Ben were the light of her life. Melinda was a woman with abundant talents and energy who was very active in wildlife rescue and was certified for Wild Life Rehabilitation. She took a great interest in reading, baking, making quilts, and being the support for family and friends.

Surviving besides her husband is a daughter, Amanda (Brian) Preston of Belfast, a son Steven J. Frungillo II of Belmont, two grandchildren, Collin and Ben Preston of Belfast, her parents, Daniel and Patricia Gleason of Crossville, TN, one brother Lance Gleason of Atlanta, GA and mother-in-law Dorothy Frungillo of Belmont. Aunt Mindy was the special woman that made every niece and nephew feel more than loved. The many in-laws thought of Melinda as another sibling in their family and a great friend to many who will always remember her.

She will join her grandparents Bucky and Mary Gleason, father-in-law Donald Frungillo Sr., and her maternal grandparents.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, NY. The funeral will be Monday, February 27th at 11:00 am at First Congregational Church on 289 N. Main St. in Wellsville, NY. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont. Memorial donations may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. my sincerest sympathies to Mindy's family and friends. She covered for me while I was on maternity leave from Alfred State and she very capably handled the teaching. I am thankful for all she did for those students and me.
    Kathy Bliss

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Mindy's passing. May
    you all be comforted in Christ's love. My
    prayers are with you.
    Greg Shay

  3. What a loving person Mindy was. I know her family will keep her memory alive. I have never seen a love like her and Steve. God Bless, to all the Frungillo family and all the recent losses they have endured.

  4. I had no idea she was ill! I subbed for 2 months in the elem. at AA last spring and I thought she was a marvelous woman. Very helpful. God bless you all. (Linda Staiger)

  5. Melinda was one of my very first students while teaching at Alfred State. Exceptional student and person- an inspiration to my other students! She is sadly missed,

    Roger Barkman

  6. My sympathy to Melinda's family. Though I didn't keep close tabs on Melinda, I knew a lot about what she was doing thanks to my wife who saw her often at Alfred Alamond. We lost one of our Programs brightest stars, she was among the first to complete the Veterinary Technology Progam at Alfred State College and she set the bar extremely high for all those who have followed. She was an excellent student and a gracious and loving person who will be missed by everyone she touched during her life. Know that I feel the loss and will always look back at my first class as Director of the Veterinary Technology Program and thank Melinda for challenging me daily to make sure the program prepared them to become more than Veterinary Technicians.
    Thank You Melinda.
    Dr. Melvin C. Chambliss
    Veterinary Technology Program
    Alfred Satate College

  7. My sympathy goes out to the Frungillo's and anyone who truly knew Mrs. Frungillo. I have been close friends with Steven since we were in 2nd grade and Mr. and Mrs. Frungillo were like a second set of parents to me. I have so many memories with the whole family and I truly regret life has taken me in another direction and I missed being there for the Frungillo's. Mrs. Frungillo's loving heart will live on because of the way she impacted so many people's lives.

    -Whitney Cornell

  8. My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve, and all of their friends and family.


  9. I am sorry for the loss of Mrs. Frungillo. In the near future we will all be able to welcome her back to a paradise here on earth. Until then, Mrs. Frungillo will remain always in the minds and hearts of those who loved her and most of all God.