“Your Heart Will Always Be Where Your Treasure Is.” ~Luke 12:34
Updated: Sep 2
The Hope in 8 team is deeply saddened to announce that Thomasina's father Frank Marsili passed away on August 30, 2020 at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville following a battle with cancer.
Born in 1942, Frank earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kentucky. A Vietnam vet, he rose to the rank of Sergeant Major during his Army service from 1965-1968 and was a former member of American Legion Post #213. He worked at General Electric in Tell City, IN and Columbia, TN before serving as Director of Physical Facilities at St. Meinrad Archabbey for 23 years, where he also enjoyed participating in and cooking for Relay for Life. An active member of St. Pius Catholic Church, he sang in the choir, served as Fall Fest Chairman for many years, and also participated in the Connected in Spirit Committee. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, dancing, and reunions with former co-workers and high school friends. He will be profoundly missed by numerous family members.
“Although my heart is broken, it will always be filled with his love,” Thomasina said. While she and her family mourn Frank's passing, they remain grateful they could be at his bedside during his final days. Their hearts ache for the nearly 200,000 American families who have been denied the chance to touch and say a last farewell to loved ones hospitalized with COVID-19.
This poignant experience only strengthens Thomasina's resolve to help our veterans and underrepresented Hoosiers. “My dad devoted his life to service and helping others, and this is where I got my passion. It only makes this fight more visceral. It only makes this fight more personal. And together our stories will win,” she said, adding that shortly before he became unable to speak, her father told her, “We're okay here. Keep doing what you're doing.”
Thomasina sends her gratitude to the Ascension St. Vincent Evansville team for their kindness and compassion during this process, and she deeply appreciates the outpouring of sympathy from 8th District residents. An open viewing will be held on September 2 from 3:00-7:00 pm CDT at Huber Funeral Home in Tell City. Funeral services will commence at 10:00 am CDT on September 3 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Troy, followed by a private graveside service after an interval for lunch. In lieu of flowers, commemorative donations in Frank's name may be sent to the Evansville Tri-State Food Bank or the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods near Terre Haute, as his sister was a member of that order. Well wishers are encouraged to light a candle for Frank, and for all the souls we're losing at this grievous moment in history.