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Frank A. "Coach" Esposito - 87

Plainfield, Illinois

Frank A. “Coach” Esposito. Age 87. Plainfield, IL resident formerly of South Holland and Chicago’s Roseland and Burnside Neighborhoods. Graduate of Bennett Elementary School in 1947 and Fenger High School Class of 1951. Attended and Hall of Fame Quarterback for North Dakota State University. Graduate of Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Education, Physical Education, in 1956. United States Army Veteran. Received his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision in 1974 from Roosevelt University. Physical Education Teacher and Coach for Fenger High School and Thornton Township High School.  Frank’s coaching career started in the Chicago Park District, as well as St John De La Salle church football team, and Roseland Service Club Bears. Husband for 62 years of the late Eleanor nee Foss. Father of Lori (William) Wright and Frank (Nora) Esposito Jr. Grandfather of McKenzy Wright and Kristyn (Dan) Wright-Shapiro and Frank Dominick Esposito. Son of the late Susie nee DeBartolo and Dominick Esposito. Brother of Connie (late James) Feusi, Emily (late Meveral) Greenwell and the late Josephine (late William) Emmart. Uncle and friend of many. Resting at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Tuesday August 3, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral Wednesday 9:15 am from funeral home to St Joseph Church, 18015 Dixie Hwy, Homewood. Mass 10:00 am. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Frank’s name to the American Heart Association, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association 300 S. Riverside Plaza Ste 1200 Chicago, IL 60606-6637 ( or Disabled American Veterans, 2122 W. Taylor St., Suite 104, Chicago, IL 60612, or would be appreciated by his family.  For further service information contact 708-481-9230 and


  • Tom Watson

    on 08/02/21

    First Sam and now Frank.  We had a few great years at Fenger High School playing football together in the late 40's. Frank kicked a field in the last minute of a game to win by 1-point the most exciting game ever played (my assessment). We relived that game from time to time whenever we would meet up.

    My Condolences to the family



  • Vic Jones

    on 08/03/21

    Frank was a great coach for me both at Gately and Fenger. 
     He was the most influential man in my formulating years. He will be missed by many. 

  • Holly Robinson

    on 08/03/21

    I graduated from Fenger High School and my brother played football for Coach Esposito.  Every season was a winning season.  What a great coach.  My condolences and prayers to his family and those who loved him.Titans4ever.

  • Lonnie (Patrick) Lewis

    on 08/05/21

    May the Right Hand of God Guide you Home Coach Esposito. My condolences to the family. You treated me like a son and guided me away from the temptations that destroy budding dreams of success. Thank you Coach for all you have done for me.♥️

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