It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Frank L. Petrola, 85, of Wintersville, Ohio
announce the sudden and unexpected passing of their beloved father (“Tappy”) on Tuesday,
November 10, 2020 in Santa Ana, CA while vacationing with his family. He was born January
10, 1935 in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of the late Frank L. & Mary Catherine (Lukacs) Petrola.
He was a graduate of Catholic Central High School in 1952. Shortly after graduation he enlisted
in the US Navy where he became a Hospital Corpsman, but the Marine Corps requested his
transfer, where he then honorably finished his military service after four years serving in Korea
and Japan. Following discharge, he married Carol Ann Rinaldi of Weirton, WV, and they had
four children. He then graduated from Franciscan University in 1964. Following his graduation,
he worked at Pfizer Pharmaceutical, where he excelled and was honored with the Top
Salesman award numerous times. It was while calling on many physicians at Pfizer that he
began his dream to become a physician himself.
In 1970, Dr. Petrola received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Universidad Autonomo,
Guadalajara, Mexico (UAG). Dr. Petrola was president of his medical school class of 1969,
making him the first foreigner (American) to ever be elected to that position in the 50 years of
the school’s existence at that time. Also during medical school, Dr. Petrola founded along with
Dr. George Richards ( one of his best friends) and a few other classmates a medical clinic at the
church of San Martin de Porres, to provide medical care to the poorest sections of
Guadalajara. He served as Director of this clinic for three years. Following a residency at
Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, OH, Dr Petrola opened his medical office as a Family
Practitioner in Weirton, WV where he practiced medicine for over 27 years until he retired in
May of 2000.
Dr Petrola spent the majority of his life dedicated to working for the good of Steubenville
and its surrounding communities. His focus was always on the welfare and well-being of the
Steubenville’s residents, especially the youth and the very elderly. In addition to his medical
practice, Dr. Petrola was a successful real estate investor. He also served on the boards of
many organizations: Chairman of the School of Bright Promise (15 years); Chairman of the
Jefferson County Air Authority (N.O.V.A.A.) (21 years); Chairman of the Jefferson County
Metropolitan Authority (5 years); and Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Health (more
than 27 years).
During his later years Dr. Petrola enjoyed the simple pleasures of life including: going to the
Spot Bar every morning for his coffee time and enjoying the company of his good friends JoJo
and Mic amongst others, going daily and saying his prayers and rosary at St. Peter’s Church
chapel, which brought him great peace, eating routinely his Saturday dinners at The Farm
restaurant where he so very much enjoyed their wonderful food, staff and service, going to the
Big Red football games and escorting the team to victories with his best friend Sheriff Fred
Abdalla., and most of all he loved spending time with his family and lying in the sun and
swimming in his pool. Our only comfort in our father’s very unexpected passing was that he
was doing a few of his favorite things that brought him much happiness.
Dr Petrola is survived by his four children: Dr. Frank Petrola (Jackie), of Longs,SC, Dr. James
Petrola, of Cleveland,OH, Carol Guida (Anthony), of San Juan Capistrano, CA. and Barbara
Petrola, of Imperial,PA, his nine grandchildren: Frankie Petrola, Salvatore Petrola, Santino
Petrola, Enzo Petrola, Anthony Guida (Olivia), Nicholas Guida (Jackie), Christian Guida (Jerica),
Joshua Guida, & Francesco Petrola-Prata, his two great granddaughters: Shiloh Joy & Lily
James Guida, his siblings: Rose Marie Argentine,(deceased), Joann C. Bernabei, and Virginia
Mort, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr Petrola was a wonderful man and had a very loving and generous heart and gave to
many different charities, organizations and people in need. The family suggests that friends, in
honor of his life, to give a generous gift to someone in need around them during these very
challenging and unprecedented times.
Our Father was a very beloved physician, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, employer, and a
loyal and special friend to many. He strived for excellence in everything he did, for a man that
was voted least likely to succeed in his senior high school class he greatly succeeded and
proved them all wrong. He was a man who loved and lived his life to the infamous words of
Frank Sinatra’s song and did it “My Way”….We thank you Lord for all that you have given to us
in this man who was the hero of our hearts. His presence now will be greatly missed but as a
family we are so very thankful and blessed in knowing that through our Faith in our Lord &
Savior and the gift of Eternal Salvation that one day we will all be together again…We Love You
Dad , Thank You …. You Were Simply The Best!
Friends may call at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 425 North Fourth Street, Steubenville, Ohio on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of funeral liturgy with mass at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Timothy Huffman officiating. Entombment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Written condolences and cards may be mailed to Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2250, Wintersville, OH 43953 or online condolences emailed to shorac.com
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