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MICHELIZZI, Frank G. Passed away Dec. 20, 2012, wife and family at his side. Born Sept. 13, 1929, in Rockford, Ill., to James and Carmella Michelizzi. Grew up in Chicago and received his law degree from DePaul University in 1952. He began practicing law in Lancaster in 1957. As a founding partner in the oldest continuously-operating law firm in AV - now known as Michelizzi, Schwabacher, Ward and Collins - he was proud to practice with William Wright, Larry Morse, Philip Schwabacher, Leonard Cosgrove, Thomas Ward, Frank Jackson, David Bianchi, David Collins and Andrew Ward. Served on the AV Hospital Board of Directors and as hospital attorney. Received numerous awards for legal work and community service and was a longterm member of many local organizations. Lived in Lancaster for more than forty years before moving to La Quinta, Calif., in 1998. Frank is survived by his wife of 33 years, Nikki Michelizzi; children, Francine Michelizzi, Monica Michelizzi, Janice Michelizzi and AzurĀŽe Natice; grandchildren, Michelle Heins, Courtney Heins, Jordan Richardson and Liam Rogers; sisters, Rae Brann and Joan Bartel; and extended family and friends. Frank always put his family and friends first, and was known for his fairness, integrity, loyalty and constant willingness to help others. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Bears and long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations in Franks memory to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. A memorial service will be held in Lancaster, Calif., at a later date. For more information, email

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