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Subject: [Bklyn] BSU- Death in the News - July 5, 1928
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 23:38:15 EDT
Brooklyn Standard Union-Death in the News-July 5, 1928
2,500 at UALE Burial; Women Sob at Rites
Wife, Hysterical, Tries to Hurl Self on Grave-- Mountain of Flowers About
As the $15,000. silver casket was lowered slowly in the grave, Mrs. Maria
UALE, the slain gangster's wife, broke from the restraining hold of relatives
and attempted to hurl herself into the steel and concrete vault which claimed
her husband's body.
With 2,500 mourners and scores of politicians at Holy Cross Cemetery, the
body of Frank UALE was placed in its resting place today.
The situation was further intensified by the presence of UALE's second wife,
Mrs. Lucelda UALE. The two women had battled bitterly for possession of the
body, with Mrs. Maria UALE being officially recognized.
The Italian colony between Borough Park and Bath Beach declared a holiday.
Stores were closed and flags were at half mass. Fifteen thousand men and
women, boys and girls thronged the vicinity of St. Rosalia's R.C. Church at
sixty third street and Fourteenth avenue where a solemn requiem mass was
It was to this church, a small stucco building holding only
600 persons that Uale gave a contribution of $6500 to its building fund. In
this neighborhood he was a king, a hero. Even the children talked about him.
Many praise UALE
Those who could not get in told what a good man Frankie had been to them.
They knew where he lived at the tenement house at 6605 Fourteenth avenue.
They went to him to settle their arguments and disputes. He gave them money
with which to pay overdue rent. He was in the nature of a political boss,
but with a power that was far reaching into the depths of the underworld.
At the church too, the police were on guard. Inspector Edward SHELVEY,
Deputy Inspector Cornilus CARMODY, and Acting Captain Edward LAWLOR, of the
Bath Beach station directed the activities of four lieutenants, nine
sergeants and fifty patrolmen. About seventy five detectives mingled with
One of the floral pieces, about four feet long, was inscribed "We'll see
them, kid". Police thought a threat was implied. Another had the inscription
" good-bye old timer" and still another, "Sympathy, friend"
Deputy Inspector CARMODY said police identified about 47 gangsters who were
standing in groups in front of the church before the funeral cortege arrived.
At first they refused to move, but gentle persuasion on the part of the
police won out. There was no trouble.
The gangsters who arrived in high powered, expensive automobiles, came in two
delegations, the police said, one headed by "Little Augie" PISANO, probably
successor to UALE and the other by "Louis the Wolf" of Harlem.
UALE's name as a $1500. contributor toward the building of the parochial
school is still on the signboard in front of the church. A gold star,
meaning that he has paid his contribution in along side of his name. He had
increased his contribution recently by giving $5,000. more.
The celebrant of the mass was the Rev. A.S. SCIOFFI, pastor of the church.
He was assisted by the Rev. Henry PARASGANDOLA, deacon, and the Rev. Eugene
GIANNINI, sub deacon.