Terrance “Terry” Franklin Fratella, 67, of Fairfax, “rounded third and headed for home” to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, December 19th, 2016, in Cedar Rapids. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Jeanne, and two sons, Dennis and Scott. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, December 22nd at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion. Funeral Service: 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 23, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Marion, with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be on Friday, immediately following lunch, at the Marengo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Cedar Hills Baseball Booster Club. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Terry was born in the Bronx, NY, on July 29th, 1949 to Frank and Opal (Stevens) Fratella. Terry attended St. James Catholic Elementary and High School in Penns Grove, NJ, graduating in 1967. He attended Charles City Junior College, Charles City, Iowa, for one year, then Simpson College, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology. His first job was at the Glenwood State Hospital School, where he met Jeanne. They were married on June 24th, 1972, at the Roadside Park in Marengo. In 1973, he began working for Kirkwood College at the Skill Center as a counselor. In 2007, he retired from full-time work but continued part-time until January of 2016.
Terry’s three loves were Jesus, family & friends, and baseball. Terry coached for 20 years, impacting many young lives in the Hiawatha Kids League, Cedar Hills Booster Club, and Babe Ruth Baseball League. His ministry was to teach players life lessons through the game of baseball. He especially enjoyed coaching his sons and passed on his love for the game to them. Terry was also very active in church, serving as an elder, Stephen Minister and Leader, and Communion Assistant. His family and friends knew him for his quick wit and dry sense of humor.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents; brother Joel in infancy; father-in-law Harold Mantz; and brother-in-law Wayne Mantz. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, Jeanne Mantz Fratella; son Dennis (Yvonne) of Cedar Rapids; son Scott (Tonya) of Ankeny; and grandchildren Braylon, Luca, Ewan, Hayden, Hugo, and Sean; and special friends in his life, Harold and Phyllis Rosenberry, Dave Kerton, Gale Pierce, Kay Bone, and Sean Moffett.
Born with cerebral palsy, Terry overcame many obstacles in his life. He never complained, accepting the course that God laid out for him.