Mama Zee cleaned the homes of wealthy families in and around Germantown, Philadelphia.
Papa Frankie was inducted into the United States Army in 1941 – Company A 95th Engineer Regiment. He served in Normandy, Northern France, England and Canada where he worked on the Alcon Highway (a military road, built during World War II to link Dawson Creek in the Yukon Territory with Fairbanks in Alaska, as part of a supply route to the former Soviet Union and the Pacific Ocean).
He received the American Defense Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two bronze stars. He was discharged in 1945.
He served as a postal worker with the United States Post Office for 33 years. He was a member of the Charles Young American Legion Post in Philadelphia, PA, as their Chaplain, working with the homeless and infirm.