The Arc Remembers Frank Lodeserto and John Cook

July 25th, 2017

Francesco “Frank” Lodeserto, was a long time attendee and resident of The Arc of Essex County, living in the Belmont group home since 1982 and attending a variety of day programs over the years (including Avenues, Caldwell CRC, and, most recently, Livingston CRC).  Frank formed many lasting friendships, both at Belmont and through The Arc’s Day Programs.

A real baby boomer, Frank enjoyed listening to 1950’s music and watching I Love Lucy and the Honeymooners. Although very soft spoken, he could make someone’s day with his infectious smile.  Frank was very close with his family, including his sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces and nephews. 

John Cook began his journey with The Arc nearly 40 years ago.  John spent his early years in various developmental centers throughout the state, among them Vineland, New Lisbon and Woodbine. At one of those placements, he met Frank Mattson who would become his lifelong best friend and roommate at all the many homes he resided in with The Arc.

John was known as the “Marlboro Man”, as he loved to smoke, had a rugged appearance, and loved horses and country music. John enjoyed taking a cab down to South Orange with Frank to spend the day having lunch and frequenting local thrift stores or garage sales. He would often come home with old TV’s, radios, DVD’s, and other items which he and Frank would use to decorate their extremely eclectic apartment. He would spend hours watching Walker Texas Ranger.

If you’d like to make a donation to The Arc of Essex County, in Frank or John’s memory, please visit  Please note who your donation is in memory of – at the Lodeserto family’s request, all donations in memory of Frank will be designated to the Belmont group home.  An acknowledgement of your tribute will be sent to Frank or John’s respective family members.