Frank S. DiBerardino Loving husband, father, and grandfather, 76 Frank S. DiBerardino, 76, of Rome, NY entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 1, 2021. A lifelong Rome resident, Frank was born on June 25, 1944, the son of the late Louis A. and Carmella (née Pasqualetti) DiBerardino. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 54 years Patricia (née Cardone). Frank and Pat were married on his birthday in 1966 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Utica. Frank grew up working at his family’s bakery cultivating a lifelong passion and love for cooking and baking. He graduated from Rome Free Academy, Class of 1962. Frank then joined his father at Rome Marine where he became the owner and operator for over 56 years working alongside his son and grandson creating three generations of a well-known local business. Besides his wife, Frank is survived by his loving and devoted children, Louis C. (Christopher) of Winter Springs, FL, John (Heather) of Rome, and Patrick (Alicia) of New York, NY; his cherished grandchildren, Paige, Connar, Erin, Liam, and Dylan; his siblings Mary Lou Fallon of Rome, Louis A. (Krista) DiBerardino Jr. of Homosassa, FL, and Richard DiBerardino of Rome, his sister-in-law Mary Frances Cardone of Utica, NY; 11 nieces and nephews, and a very special aunt, Lita Hale of Rome. Frank's greatest joy was spending time with his family and sharing time honored traditions. His grandchildren brought incredible joy to his life and he thoroughly enjoyed being their “papa”. Frank was a kind and patient man and those who knew him appreciated their long-standing friendships. He also took pride in tending to his vegetable and flower gardens. Relatives and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian burial service on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11am at St. John the Baptist Church, Rome. There are no calling hours. Private interment will take place at St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome. Pat and her family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Brian Alessi and his staff for their exceptional care and dedication. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association Anyone planning to attend is asked to please wear a facemask and adhere to social distancing requirements.