In Memory of





Charles Bruno Frassetto, 89, longtime Gwinn resident, entered eternal life on December 29, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Rochester Hills while in the care of his loving family and hospice.

Charles was born November 4, 1931 in Negaunee to Oscar and Paula (DelSasso) Frassetto and graduated from Negaunee St. Paul High School, Class of 1949. Charles was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War.

Following his service to his country, Charles used his GI bill to attend Northern Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree and later his Master’s degree in Music education. He met Nancy Marie Dowrick at the Ishpeming City band practice in 1954. They married on July 21, 1956 and celebrated 64 years of marriage this past July. He initially taught in Lake Linden and Stephenson before moving to Gwinn in 1964 where he taught band for the remainder of his career.

Charles was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gwinn; The Knights of Columbus, The Gwinn Male Chorus which he directed for many years, Allegro (coed group that put on musical shows) and The American Legion, Little Lake where he spent years making pasties for fund raising. He also sang in the church choir at St. Anthony’s. He greatly enjoyed woodworking and all of his family and numerous friends have his beautiful shelves with wall hanging quilts made by his wife. He also played Taps on Memorial Day and for Veterans’ funerals for many years.

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years, Nancy Dowrick Frassetto; daughters: Christine (Scott) McDonald of Rochester Hills and Deb Frassetto of Bradenton, FL; sons: Mark (Kathy) of Shelby Township, Mike (Xiang) of Canton and Dave (Jen) of Royal Oak; grandchildren Jeff (Sue) Goss, A. Derek (Trisha) Johnson, Steven (Rachel) Frassetto, Jim (Danielle) Frassetto, Hannah, Owen, Kyle and Tristan Frassetto. Great grandchildren Christina and Vivianne Goss, Finley, Emilia and William Johnson, Hudson, Charlie and Griffin Frassetto. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Mario (Gloria), Johnny (Aino) and nephew James Frassetto.

In accordance with COVID-19 precautions, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn at a later date. Interment will take place in the Negaunee Cemetery.

Mr. Frassetto’s memorial page may be viewed at