Francis "Frank" Nelling III

  • Born: April 13, 1949
  • Died: November 25, 2019
  • Location: Prospect Park, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Francis A. Nelling, III, 70 of Prospect Park passed away peacefully Monday, November 25, 2019 at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park surrounded by his immediate family. He is predeceased by his parents Francis and Eileen (Bradley) Nelling and his brother Patrick Nelling.

He graduated from Monsignor Bonner in 1967 and joined the US Army thereafter. Frank served his country for 22 years and retired from active duty as Sergeant First Class in 1989. He received numerous medals and awards for his service. He also worked for Interboro School district for 17 years and retired in 2017. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, but his passion was for the Eagles, he enjoyed golfing with his friends and their annual golf trips. He also enjoyed his monthly outings with his Jersey buddies, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife, Josie (Gutierrez) Nelling; daughters, Angela Nelling (Michael) and Jennifer DeFrancisco; grandchildren Joseph Bradley (Lanie), Olivia and Mia DeFrancisco; Siblings Michael Nelling, Mark Nelling (Terri), John Nelling (Dawn), Peggy Castaldi (Dominic), Donna Lang (Bill), Ann Lyons (Tim), Eileen Smith (Bob), Barb McNamara (Pat) and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday Nov. 29th from 6 to 9 PM and again on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood. Funeral Mass will follow at 11 AM at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 233 Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Interment in Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield. Online condolences at


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Nelling family best friends and neighbors anyone can ask for for many years lots and lots of good times Ed Mann.

Posted by Ed Mann - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Friend   December 03, 2019

To the Nelling Family
So sorry for your loss.
I knew Fran from my interactions at Interboro High School when I was having my Yachtstock Rising Stars Vocal Competition at the school from 2009 thru 2012. I had to meet up with him to get the approval to hold our competition at the high school. He was a really nice guy and very helpful to me to be able to get our event into the high school.
He sometimes may have had that tough attitude but he was their if I had any questions or needed something for our event.
I may not have known him that well but he always loved to talk about his family when i saw him in his office and his job at the school
when I showed up to talk about what I needed for our competition at the school.
From me and all my staff of the Yachtstock Rising Stars Vocal Competition we send our deepest condolences to Frans Family .
May he rest in peace.
He will be missed.
Heaven has gained a new angel.

Posted by Bill Polen - Norristown, PA   December 03, 2019

To the Nelling Family. I hope thinking of Fran at peace will bring you comfort.

Posted by Nancy Hale - Glenmoore, PA - Family Friend   November 30, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the Nelling Family for the loss of your loved one, Francis, III, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.

Posted by JKH/JW    November 29, 2019

Josie, we are so sorry for your loss. Bulls was a lot of fun and gave us many great times to remember. He always made us laugh, thats how well remember him. So glad you both entered our lives. You will meet again one day and for now he be in our hearts always.

Posted by Thomas /Diane Reif - Audubon, NJ - friend   November 28, 2019

Sending love and prayers to Josie, Angel, Jenny and the entire Nelling Family . Frank meant so much to all of us . Love, Tom, Joan and family

Posted by Joan Klingler - Audubon, NJ   November 28, 2019

Josie, Angela and Jenny we are so very sorry for your loss . Please extend our condolences to Fran,s brothers and sisters, grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.

Posted by Kathy and Ron Slate - Prospect Park, PA - Family Friend   November 27, 2019


Peggy and Dominic and all of your family, I send my sincere condolences at your brother's passing. You are all in my prayers, God Bless you all

Posted by Maureen Gallagher - Brookhaven, PA - Friend   November 27, 2019

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