Frank Michael Aita, 55, husband of Karen Young Aita, and a resident of
Belle Haven, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at his home. Born
in Wiesbaden, Germany, he was the son of Lieselotte Steigenberger Aita
and Dominic Aita of Germany. A graduate of the University of Maryland,
College Park, Frank was a school teacher for Northampton County Public
Schools for 12 years and a history teacher at Nandua High School for
over 3 years. He was also a local artist. In addition to his wife and
parents, he is survived by his stepson, Tye Willis Burns, of Belle
Haven, VA; his brother, Martin Aita, and sister-in-law, Kim Aita, of
Fair Lawn, NJ; his brother, Stephen Aita, of Munich, Germany; his sister
Daniele Bennett and niece, Scarlett Bennett, of Iffeldorf, Germany; his
father and mother-in-law, George and Rose Young of Exmore, VA; his
sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Bruce Richardson and niece,
Elizabeth Richardson, of Capeville, VA; his sister-in-law, Suzanne
Conrow and niece Whitney Conrow, of Exmore, VA; his aunt, Ruth
Cicotasto, of Philadelphia, PA; his cousins and close friends. A
graveside service will be held Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at
the Belle Haven Cemetery with Rev. Tammy Estep and Rev. Jeff Conrow
officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate a book (or
funds for a book) to the Northampton Free Library, c/o Carol Vincent,
P.O. Box 360, Accomac, VA 23301 in memory of Frank. Online condolences
may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by
Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore, Virginia.
Tom Rogers wrote on May. 24, 2014
Aita and family, I knew Frank from out time at the U of Maryland in the
early 1980s. We worked together at the Hoff Theater for three years and
were in regular contact until the late 1980s when our lives took us in
different directions. While I hadn't seen Frank in over 20 years, he was
never far from my mind as he was one of the kindest and funniest people
I have ever known. When one of our mutual friends told me that he had
passed I could not believe it, and it has taken me this long to be able
to let you know how much he meant to me. Frank was a big part of a very
important time in my life, and he was a true and cherished friend.
Please accept my belated condolences for your loss. He was a terrific
guy and I will miss him.
Jeff Akers from boerne texas, wrote on Feb. 17, 2013
sincere condolences Karen. I went to high school with Frank in
Wiesbaden, and we became very good friends while at Uof M in Munich. He
was a great person who lit up any room he entered. My thought and
prayers are with his family and friends he left behind.
janis woods farr from hilton head sounth carolina, wrote on Dec. 13, 2012
Rest in Peace my dear Friend. I will never forget you. Wir sehen uns bestimmt nochmal!! your good friend Janis
Becky Nock Johnson from accomac va, wrote on Nov. 26, 2012
and Tye, Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,
just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. With love
and sympathy, TJ and Becky Johnson
Gail Lee from exmore va, wrote on Nov. 26, 2012
Karen. My Thoughts and prayers are with you, Tye and your family. So
many memories of Frank float through my mind. The last two years I
taught at Nandua, we had the same planning period - sharing stories
while eating popcorn and yes grading papers. Frank will be great missed
Marji and Phil Mccaleb from belle haven va, wrote on Nov. 26, 2012
Karen- Phil and I were so sorry to hear about Frank 's passing. He was
such a blessing to us when he rented our cottage down Craddockneck. His
sense of humor and his dog Mattie (sp?) were priceless. We will always
remember him as a very generous and giving person in our lives. love,
Marji and Phil
Rhonda Killmon from arlington va, wrote on Nov. 25, 2012
Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. You have been
in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that I get to visit with you soon.
Take care, Rhonda Killmon
Kelly Miller from kathleen ga, wrote on Nov. 25, 2012
sorry to hear about Frank's passing. Doug and I knew Frank in Munich
and again at the UM College Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with your
family. Doug and Kelly Miller
Ron and Faye West from machipongo va, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
and Tye, Faye and I are in North Carolina and just heard about Frank's
passing. We are truly sorry about your loss. While we will not be back
on the Shore in time for his service, know that we feel for you.
robert ziker from warrington pa 18976, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
very sorry to hear of Franks passing, my condolences goes out to his
family. We were classmates a General H H Arnold High School class of 75.
The last time i saw Frank was at a reunion in Las Vegas.
Lillie and Buddy Parker from cape charles virginia, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
Karen and Tye, We were very sorry to hear about Frank...He was a great teacher and will be missed by many.
Sandra Wennergren from oyster, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
My greatest sympathies to family and friends and my prayers for God's grace and comfort to be with you in the days to come.
Lynne Talbot Kariker from bentonville arkansas, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
Aita--a legend in his own time...loved and fondly remembered by his
high school classmates, including me. So very sorry for your loss. Lynne
Patty and Dan Johannes from bowie md, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
the wife of Frank..you were truly loved by a wonderful man! I saw Frank
at Randys Oktoberfest several years ago and he lit up when he spoke of
you!Although I have not met you I knew he had finally found his true
happiness!!While I was engaged to my husband, I had the pleasure to
share a house with Randy, Frank and (husband) Dan. Frank was always like
a brother to me, he always knew how to cheer you up and he always tried
to make things better, like the time he dyed my hair because I hated
it... and that smile was contagious!Truly the life of any party! Frank
lived every moment to the fullest!He was genuinely a great guy.I am a
better person just for knowing him and he will be missed dearly!Our
deepest condolences to you, your family and Frank's family.
Peggy Johnson from onancock va, wrote on Nov. 24, 2012
Karen, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am just so sorry for your loss.
Malaika from keller virginia, wrote on Nov. 23, 2012
funny, creative, smart and kind person--Frank will truly be missed.
Karen and family, my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I hope that fond
memories will bring comfort until time can ease the pain of this great
Cheryl & Scott Bono from melfa va, wrote on Nov. 23, 2012
Karen, Tye and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and peace. Scott & Cheryl
Shirley Sisco-Jordan from exmore virginia, wrote on Nov. 23, 2012
Karen, My heart ache for you and Tye. I am so sorry I didn't know of
Frank's illness and was sad and shocked to read of his death in the
paper. Frank was one of my special people I worked with in Northampton.
He was funny, kind, great w/children and always had that unforgettable
smile. I know he is with the Angels in heaven. God bless you and stay
strong for you and Tye. Love, Shirley Sisco-Jordan
Lisa and Todd Arnold from franktown va, wrote on Nov. 23, 2012
Karen and Tye, Words can not begin to express the sadness we feel for
the loss of Frank. He was a great man...so full of life and energy! He
will be greatly missed by all who knew him. God bless you both during
this difficult time. Love, Lisa and Todd
Linda S. Ashby from exmore va., wrote on Nov. 22, 2012
Tye and the Aita Family: The memorial tributes speak volumes as people
express their love and admiration for your husband, step-father, son and
brother. Frank was a special person and now he is suffering no more. He
would want each of you to carry on knowing that he is looking down on
you with a smile on his face and angel wings to carry him through the
heavenly sky. Rest in peace, Frank. You will be missed by all who knew
you. Linda S. Ashby
Jim "Skeeter" Dicelo from albuquerque nm, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
& Family, I am so sorry to hear about Frank, I knew him while going
to school in Wiesbaden Germany. He was a great friend and I will
cherish the good times we had in Germany. I last seen him at our High
School reunions we had in Las Vegas a few yew yrs back......R.I.P. my
Warrior Brother. So sad you had to leave so soon.
Joe Mapother wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
Frank lived life with enthusiasm and he will be missed. Condolences to the family, his many friends share your grief.
Etta Robins from cape charles va, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
and Tye, There are no words to describe the incredible sadness that I
feel for both of you. Please know that you are in the prayers of those
who care for you and wish you peace in knowing that Frank's pain and
suffering have ended. Through God's grace, you will find a way to
cherish your memories and pave a way to accept His will. Love and
prayers to all of you, Etta, Steve, and Meredith Robins
Will & Lenka Harvie from melfa virginia, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
and Tye, We were so saddened to hear of Frank's passing. Please know
that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Laura McGowan from onancock va, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
Karen and Family, Jim and I are very sorry for your loss. We thought
very highly of Frank, as did everyone who knew him. He had such a kind,
funny and enthusiastic spirit. You are in our thoughts.
Tracy Drew from plymouth nh, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
was such a special friend to me. My most crazy, special moment was a
year after Frank left Munich for UMCP. A friend of mine picked me up at
the airport (BWI) to drop me off at UM orientation. After living in
Munich and completing 2 years there (400 people), arriving at a campus
of 400000 students was overwhelming. My friend, Nat (RIP), and I parked
in such a generic place at the campus, but the second I got out of the
car Frank was standing there! Out of no where! Not even knowing that I
was showing up that day! He has always been a dear, serendipitous, part
of my life. My heart goes out to Martin and his family. Frank was/is an
Lyn Baskett Fort from gainesville florida, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
always had a joke or a smile for me. I also went to high school with
him. I will always remember his smiling eyes. My thoughts are with his
family and close friends.
Denis Borum from takoma park md, wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
Karen and family of Frank, I am stunned to hear the news and am so
sorry. I wish you the most inner strength as possible during this most
difficult time. I knew Frank primarily from Randy and Carla's parties -
he was a "staple." Always affable and lively by my account, so I always
looked forward to seeing him. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am
particularly shaken because I did not know. Certainly life with family
has kept me overwhelmed, so I do not get as much time together with the
crowd anymore. I was out-of-town for their last Oktoberfest - so I am
that much more "out of the loop." I may be the only person who knew
Frank's trivia question about where the early Beatles' song, "Til There
Was You" came from (answer: The Music Man). He stumped most, but not me.
That became a special bond - when he knew I knew the trivia (being a
Beatles fan, discovered at one of the parties) we took turns trying to
sing lines as smoothly as Paul McCartney... an amusing time, given that
we didn't quite manage. I will always remember that fun - a type of fun
that was Frank. My prayers are with you all. Denis Borum
zanne Conrow from exmore va., wrote on Nov. 20, 2012
was a wonderful brother-in-law. I don't think I was ever around him
that he didn't make me laugh...even when he was sick. The first family
gathering we ever had with him he told a joke. Everybody loved him. I
will miss him.....Love you Frank.
Tammy McCullough from accomac virginia, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
Always had a hug and a smile for you! You will be greatly missed. Love, McCullough Family
Carol McKinley Harris from golden colorado, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
hard to imagine that such a vibrant soul has been extinguished. Frank
Aita was always the light in the room. Maybe it's true the best always
go first. I am sorry for your loss.
Julie Nisson (aka Julie Bell, aka Julie Farrell) from rockville md, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful and mischievous soul. The
world is a sadder place with him gone - he brought joy to so many and
will be missed terribly. I was a friend of Frank's at UMD - greatly
adored him and treasured our friendship. My heart goes out to you Karen.
Patricia and H.H. Scott from cape charles va, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
Tye and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our
prayers are with you at this time and know we are here if you need
anything. Patricia and H.H. Scott and family
Maria Brickell Boeding from centennial co, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
deepest sympathies to all of the families. Frank was a wonderful guy
that I met in high school in Wiesbaden Germany. He was an amazing
person, great wrestler and all around nice guy. I know that the world
has lost a unique and kind individual.
Greg Nemeth from fredericksburg va., wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
What a time we had in junior high and high school over in Wiesbaden!
Hanging out out at your parents apartment, the AYA dances, rooming
around downtown, wrestling on the team, and that bike ride up the Rhine
to St. Goar! I still can't believe our parents let us head out on that
one. You were a great friend. I'll miss you! Greg Nemeth
Vicki Demarest Kanarr from tucson az, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
deepest sympathy to all of the families. It's hard to imagine that such
a vibrant person like Frank has left us. He was always an upbeat kind
of guy and the life of any party. Frank made high school a truly unique
experience. Know that Frank touched the lives of everyone he met.
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way. Vicki Kanarr Demarest
Chuck Bates from denver co, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
I have very fond memories of Frank from High School in Germany. My condolences on his passing.
Amanda Steadman-Schira from cleveland ohio, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
My thought and prayers are with his family. I went to high school with Frank in Germany. He was a great guy and will be missed.
Bear & Kathy Flaherty from corpus christi tx, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
all met many years ago, but even though we did not see each for many
years at a time, he was a friend that you looked forward to seeing the
most! You are all in our thoughts at this time. Our deepest sympathy.
Bear & Kathy Flaherty
Robin Sexauer from nassawadox va, wrote on Nov. 19, 2012
Karen, Tye and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers!