Fred P. Pratola Sr. of Avondale

Fred P. Pratola Sr., 92, of Avondale, died Thursday, Jan. 25, surrounded by his loving family.

Born to Michael and Grace Pratola on April 25, 1925, in Madison, N.J., he was the husband to the love of his life, the late Angeline Pratola who died in 2007, and with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.

A WWII veteran, Fred worked side by side with his father and brothers, first at Michael Pratola and Sons and later at Pratola Brothers. He was a talented gardener, supplying his family and friends with vegetables and lettuce all season. He was an avid fisherman and gifted wood carver who was generous in sharing his beautiful carvings with his loved ones.

He will be remembered as a kind and patient father, a fun and loving grandfather, and a loyal husband, son, brother and friend.

Fred is survived by his children, Angela and Tom Mattoscio, Donna Pratola, and Fred Pratola Jr.; his grandchildren, Brian Mattoscio, Chris Carozzo, Leann and Tony Summa, Greg Carozzo, Fred Pratola III and his fianceé Casey Hight; and his great-grandchildren, Luke, Gabe and Grace Summa, and Louie and Fred Pratola IV. He is also survived by his sister Anna Kelleher, his twin brother and best friend, Michael Pratola, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Pat and Ralph, and a sister, Angeline.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike (Route 41), Avondale.The family will greet friends at the church from 10 a.m. until noon.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, PO Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 600 Reed Road, Suite 104, Broomall, PA 19008

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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