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In Memoriam, April 14, 2014

April 11, 2014
Frank Mauro Gesualdo, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and patriarch of a family that operates 24 dealerships in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, died April 1 at age 90.
Mr. Gesualdo, aboard the USS Hornet in 1942 during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, survived 72 hours in the Pacific Ocean after the aircraft carrier was battered by Japanese bombs.
After founding multiple companies connected to the automotive industry, Mr. Gesualdo in 1968 opened Frank Mauro Oldsmobile at 105th Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and then followed with dealerships in Evanston and Highland Park. 
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rita; sons Mark, Ralph and Gregory; daughter Gina; and 11 grandchildren. Donations appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, (800) 822-6344.