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About honoring his life
Note -This is draft info and will be upldated.
Frank Sisco, Sr. was born in Westerly, RI, and lived in Mt. Vernon, NY and New Rochelle, NY. He is the husband of Eleanor Sisco, father of Frank Sisco, Jr. and Robert Sisco, grandfather of Kelly Sisco, brother of Joseph Sisco, and son of Joseph Sisco Sr. and Mary Sisco. Frank was in the Navy SeaBees (CB - Construction Battalion) in the Pacific during World War II. His term of service began on 3/27/1945 and ended on 5/25/1946, a relatively short time, but included several unusual events and experiences (including (a) having a monkey as a pet (b) meeting up with his brother Joe on Guam, but only for a few minutes (see below for a reprint of the 12/22/2005 story he wrote that was published in the 9 newspapers of Martinelli Publicaitons (now Rising Publications) and which he read on the radio (WVOX AM in New Rochelle, NY), (c) being present at the amazing Victory Parade on Honolulu with thousands of Navy personnel and men and women from other branches of the armed forces (d) receiving a letter from the Secretary of the Navy and retaining it, along with other documents, which are presented below and (e) being able to pick himself out of a photo containing hundreds of men aboard a ship traveling home (see below). Also, see below for an essay written by Frank Sisco, Jr. about these Navy documents and photos that was published in the 9 newspapers of Rising Publications. . For more information, or to interview Frank Sisco, Sr. , please call Frank Sisco, Jr at 914.589.1013. or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First anniversary of death memorium that appeared in Journal News on 8/21/12 and on www.lohud.com
Birthday-realted memorium that appeared in Journal News on 4/30/13 and on www.lohud.com
Anniversary-realted memorium that appeared in Journal News on 8/22/14 (one day late) and on www.lohud.com
Summary of activities during the week of Frank's death
8/23/11 Tuesday 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm and 8/24/11 Wednesday at same times
Yannatuono Funeral Home, 584 Gramatan Ave., Mt. Vernon (Fleetwood section), NY 10552. Tel 914.699.4010. www.yannantuonofh.com, email - email@example.com
Parking in garage to enter from Broad Street. See attendant for free parking. If interested in giving flowers, call Crestwood Florist at 914.961.2691.
8/25/11 Thursday at 9:30am
Holy Family Service, 83 Clove Road (and Mayflower Avenue), New Rochelle, NY 10801, Tel 914.632.0673
Father George officiating. Songs and organist. Special singer - Anthony Valbiro - Ave Maria
Following the funeral service
Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Seacor Road, Hartsdale NY 10530. Tel 914.693.4700. www.ferncliffcemetery.com
Gathering of friends and family
Following each wake and following the trip to Ferncliff Cemetery
at the house of Frank Sisco, Sr. and Eleanor Sisco, 26 Park Ridge Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805 in the southern section of New Rochelle, on a street parallel with Weyman Avenue, midway between Home Depot and Glen Island. home Tel 914.235.5897
Please call Fran Sisco with any questions. Cell 914.589.1013
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 11:00am sharp
St. John's Episcopal Church, 11 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804 (at the north end of North Avenue, about 200 feet from Fran Sisco's house at d30 Mill Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804.
Please call Fran Sisco to RSVP with any questions. Cell 914.589.1013. If you are coming from out-of-town and need a place to stay over the night before or after, please call Fran to possibly stay at her house or at mom Eleanor's house at 26 Park Ridge Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804. (tel 914.235.5897)
Links to other items on the internet
A reprint of the 12/22/2005 story he wrote that was published in the 9 newspapers of Martinelli Publicaitons (now Rising Publications) and which he read on the radio (WVOX AM in New Rochelle, NY). Click below link.
Below are various video clips (on www.youtube.com) of Frank Sisco Sr. singing Ave Maria and other songs from the balcony during mass on 8/8/10at Our Lady of Victory Church on West Sidney Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY (with him are friend Anthony Valbiro, singer, friend Domenick Guastaferro, singer, keyboards and organ, granddaughter Kelly Sisco , singer and keyboards, son/daughter Fran(k) Sisco Jr., singer, Jennifer Bonsu, caregiver aide.
Ave Maria (Frank Sisco Sr. and Anthony Valbiro singing, Domenic Guastaferro - organ)
You are Near (All singing, Kelly Sisco - keyboards)
Here I am Lord (All singing, Kelly Sisco - keyboards)
Spirit I Have Heard You Calling (All singing, Kelly Sisco - keyboards)
"Sunshine and Sunshine" - Essay By Kelly Sisco, 8/22/11. Copyright 2011 Kelly Sisco
My grandfather, Frank Sisco Sr. (Buddy) was the best. I was his only granddaughter and I knew that he loved me so very much because you could see it on his face whenever I was around. He called me his little sunshine because I would always brighten up his mood with all my energy and the stories I shared with him. I know that I made him happy and was glad to bring him great joy. Even though he is in heaven now I still will always be his only granddaughter and he will always be my grandfather forever and that will never change. The family on my father’s side is getting smaller and smaller with few close family members left but I guess that is expected when you are an only child. My grandfather was a very strong man and wise too.
A big thing that grandpa and me had in common that we both enjoyed doing was singing and when we sung we both knew all the words to thousands of songs and we belted them out not caring who heard. My grandmother did not always like us singing and making a lot of noise but me and grandpa sure got a kick from each other and had a lot of fun too. The Cole Potter song “I Get a Kick Out of You” sums up how me and grandpa always got a kick out of the little things each of us did when together. I was his special Kelly and there was nothing he would not have done for me. He was always there to listen to me and laugh even when what I was saying was not funny. I made sure I was a good granddaughter by visiting my grandparents weekly and calling to speak with my grandmother everyday to keep her posted on my life and I hope they both appreciate all I tried to do for them. It’s like whatever I was going though was not over until I shared that part of my life with my grandparents. I was extremely lucky to have the best grandparents anyone could ask for. At this time in my life for some reason I have been going though major anxiety and with my gift and consignment shop, Truly Yours, Kelly! soon to be going out of business, my father being transgender and a girl now all the time, my grandfather’s death was another thing that went wrong.
I remember during not this past Christmas time but the year before my father was very eager to show his parents my shop. Both of them were not well and really were not able to go but grandpa said to grandma I know you already saw her shop once but I never did so please let’s go and so my father brought them late one night and they were amazed how much stuff I fit into that store and grandpa was happy that I now had a job and was putting my creativity to good use. My grandpa only stayed at my store for like 15 minutes but I was glad he at least got to see my store at all and seeing it during Christmas was nice too with my store all light up.
As I am writing this, I am actually getting somewhat okay with my emotions and anxiety because when things look like they are at their worst that is when you get true clarity and start to see that maybe, just maybe, you will be okay and life will somehow work out for the best. It will be hard to go to my grandmother’s house now and not see him there, that will sure suck, but I need to get it together for my grandma. If you think I was extremely close to my grandpa, I am even doubly as close to my grandma. I feel I will be able to make it through this but if anything happens to grandma I know I will not make it through that.
I remember when I just started riding the bus at the end of high school and the bus would let me off near New Rochelle Library and now I know that I could have just walked to their house from there, but it is not a short walk. Anyway I would call my grandma and tell her that I made it to the library and that she could pick me up and grandpa was listening to our phone conversation and would tell grandma no and that he would come and pick me up because he was dying to see me and in 5 minutes he would rush over and be there. When I got into the car he was smiling to greet me, waiting to hear my story from that day. When we got back to his house he would yell El, my grandmother’s name, and say look who I brought home and he would point to me and then her face would light up too and that made me really glad to be able to see them as much as I did. There were many many times grandpa and I would sit out on his front porch and just talk even if it was about bullshit it didn’t matter as long as we were talking and spending time together. That brings me to another great song entitled “Side By Side”. Just as long as were together it doesn’t really matter at all.
Grandpa and I would play many card games together too. During the holidays or special occasions me, my father, my mother, my grandma, and also my aunt Dot and uncle Lou would all sit around my grandfather’s dining room table and we would all play cards. We usually played 500 rummy and many times I would win but nonetheless we made memories that would last forever. My grandpa one year made up a thing where he gave everyone Hollywood names and he would say that my grandma’s sister’s name was Stelle until she changed her name to Estelle thus making the name sound fancy as if it was like her having a real Hollywood name. I still don’t know where he came up with that but he sure would like to go on about people having Hollywood names for hours.
Looking at the thousands of photos my family has, grandpa was the most handsome guy but take a look at all his photos and see for yourself. Just like the song “You are my Sunshine” I was his sunshine and he very much was my sunshine too. Grandpa can now be in heaven with his son Robert, mother Mary, my grandma’s sister Estelle, and his brother Joe and father Joe because that is where he belongs since they need him too. Don’t forget he can always see his neighbors and life long friends Carl and Chickie in heaven too. He might even get to say hello to my mom’s father, my other grandfather, as well.
Poppa, in heaven I hope that you will still keep up your great singing and know that we are alright here on earth. This is not goodbye but instead I like to say, see you later.
All my love, your granddaughter,
Brief Obituary as published in Journal News (Westchester County section ) on 8/23/11 (Not much info about Frank's life), as corrected for Mary's sister.
Frank Albert Sisco, Sr. - 4/30/1927 to 8/21/2011
Frank Albert Sisco, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home with loved ones and caregivers present, with expert guidance from Dr. Robert Novich, his primary physician for 30 years, and nurses from Calvary Hospital's hospice-at-home program. Esther Frema of Ghana, Africa was his main loving caregiver for three years. Others included Jennifer, Eunice, Evelyn, Kelly-Ann, Nicolette, Trish and Irene. Frank's Alzheimers' disease progressed until it inhibited his ability to swallow and other complications. He died on the birthday of his mother Mary, who died eight years earlier of Alzheimers. Frank's nickname Buddy developed from his older brother Joe.
Frank is survived by his wife Eleanor (Felice) and child Fran Sisco (previously Frank Jr.), Fran's daughter Kelly and the children, Joseph Sisco and Debra Ciasco, of his brother Joe and wife Sarah, and many nieces and nephews of the uncles and aunts as his mother Mary had four brothers and one sister and his father Joseph had five brothers. His son Robert passed away on 1/19/2004.
More information including photos, stories, awards Frank received, published articles Frank wrote and songs he sung are at www.FrankSisco.com.
Visitation is at the Yannatuono Funeral Home at 584 Gramatan Avenue, Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon, NY 10552 (914) 699-4010, www.yannantuonofh.com on Tuesday 8/23 and Wednesday 8/24 (2 to 4pm, 7-9 pm, both days, and the funeral service on Thursday 9:30am at Holy Family, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. A large memorial service is being planned for Saturday, October 15 at St. John's Episcopal Church, New Rochelle, NY 10804. Call Fran Sisco at 914.589.1013 for more info.
Long Obituary posted on website www.FrankSisco.com (not published in Journal News on 8/23/11)
Frank Albert Sisco, Sr. - 4/30/1927 to 8/21/2011
For more info, please call Fran Sisco - Cell 914.589.1013
Frank Albert Sisco, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home with loved ones and caregivers present, with expert guidance from Dr. Robert Novich, his primary physician for 30 years, and nurses from Calvary Hospital's hospice-at-home program. Esther Frema of Ghana, Africa was his main loving caregiver for three years. Others included Jennifer, Eunice, Evelyn, Kelly-Ann, Nicolette, Trish and Irene. Frank's Alzheimer's' disease progressed until it inhibited his ability to swallow and other complications. He died on the birthday of his mother Mary, who died eight years earlier of Alzheimer's. Frank's nickname Buddy developed from his older brother Joe.
Frank enjoyed a vital life (despite having Rheumatoid Arthritis, for over 20 years, playing golf often three times per week with brothers-in-law John Felice and Lou Felice and sometimes son, Frank Jr. Frank Sr. had a natural handsome look, enhanced by an engaging smile, caring attitude, good physique, and gentle manner. His vitality in part came from a zest for life, being a sports fan throughout his, a fit athlete in his youth, a league bowler for decades, a good golfer (including an awarded hole-in-one on hole on the 168 yard hole at Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale, NY and an avid motorcyclist until in his fifties, often driving over 200 miles on a Sunday with his wife Eleanor on back and in a driving line of several coupled friends including Fego, Geranomino, Hone, Guzzetta and Cargiuolo. Other neighbors included Carl and Chickie D'Onofrio who recently passed away. Frank also had frequent poker games at his house and at others.
Frank attended Edison High School in Mt. Vernon but at 17 years of age he left to join the Navy. He enlisted on 5/9/1945 as a Seabee (Construction Battalion). During his service, he and his brother Joe, with the Fourth Marine Division, arranged through many bureaucratic challenges to meet each other on the island of Saipan. After traveling hundreds of miles and overcoming several difficult obstacles including storms, Frank finally entered the camp where Joe was stationed, incredibly found him at night amid hundreds of Marines. However, they only got to spend a few minutes because Joe was leaving the camp due to injuries for which he received a Purple Heart. The story was chronicled by Frank in an article called "Going to My Brother Joe" that appeared in the column "Veterans Speak" of the local newspaper, The Westchester Crusader (and also read on the popular radio station WVOX, 1460 AM). This article and many photos and Navy documents can be viewed on the internet at the following link: www.FrankSisco.com.
Frank's education was mainly on-the-job and from intensive life experiences. He possessed a high intelligence and a wisdom, perhaps made possible by his ability to sort information quickly and crystallize the essentials decisively - a practical common sense. His life was filled with making wise decisions with integrity, honesty, diligent work, and common sense as pillars. Being of the Greatest Generation, Frank lived through challenges such as growing up as a middle class boy in the Great Depression, and being in the Pacific Theater of World War II, raising two sons, Frank Jr. and Robert, with his spouse Eleanor Sisco, handling the many needs of his hearing-impaired son Robert, bringing love and happiness to his wife from their first dating when meeting while both worked in the A&P Supermarket on North Avenue in New Rochelle, NY to through their thirties and forties enjoying many endeavors with friends including vacations, dancing, playing cards and games, and motorcycling. During their marriage, Frank and Eleanor looked at least 15 years younger than their ages; however the loss of their son Robert on 1/1/2004 took an emotional and physical toll on them.
Frank lived the first part of his life in Mt. Vernon, much of that time in a house in which his father and mother lived on the first floor, his brother Joe and wife Sarah and children Joseph and Debra on the second floor and Frank and his family on the third floor. The block had seven houses, very similar in appearance, about 8 feet apart from each other, and most with a similar family set up, grandparents on bottom and children on second two floors. Many relatives lived in Mt. Vernon and often the families visited each other. At 53 North Street, Frank's father Joe often held court, telling stories with a bird named Happy perched on his left shoulder, that Joe fed pieces of a red apple he cut as he told stories. For the second part of his life, Frank and his family lived on Park Ridge Avenue in New Rochelle, NY in a house bought from his wife Eleanor's father following the death of her mother. The house had been a gathering place each Sunday for dinner for several years for Eleanor's parents and her siblings and their children. Often more than fourteen people were crowded in the dining room.
Frank was an expert auto machinist. At the early age of 17 before entering the Navy he managed a group of over 20 mechanics and upon returning from service managed as foreman several machine shops of auto parts stores, especially Ben's Auto Parts in the Bronx, NY. He took apart engines entirely and put them back together perfectly. He had a lifelong closeness with his brother Joseph who was less than two years older, and deep friendships with many people. Frank had a love for all types of music, especially the big band sound of Artie Shaw, Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra. He often sang songs in his house to the delight of family members, like his mother Mary and granddaughter Kelly, and friends. Recently, Frank lived out a goal of singing the Ave Maria from the balcony of the Our Lady of Victory Church in Mt. Vernon, where he had a been a parishioner before moving to New Rochelle, NY where he joined the Holy Family Church, and participated in their highly successful Cornerstone program, forming many friendships. . Frank can be seen on youtube.com singing along with Anthony Valbiro as Domenic Guastaferro played keyboards. For other songs, son Frank Jr. sang along and granddaughter sang and played piano. Frank's good humor and easy-going manner helped him make lasting friends throughout his life.
Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, Frank revisited Westerly and its neighboring Misquamicut Beach for many summers, enjoying his parents' bungalow and worked hard to rebuild it after a devastating Hurricane Carol in 1954 that uprooted the cottage and carried it hundreds of feet down the road.
Frank was always supportive of friends and family. He significantly helped his son, Frank Jr. in a retail store called "The Sisco Kid" for several years, learning new skills at sales, inventory management and retail.
Admired and loved, Frank's funeral service will be at the Holy Family Church on Thursday 8/25 following wakes on 8/23 and 8/24 at the Yannatuono Funeral Home in the Fleetwood section of Mt. Vernon, NY
Frank is survived by his wife Eleanor and child Fran Sisco (previously Frank Jr.) and the children, Joseph Sisco and Debra Ciasco, of his brother Joe and wife Sarah, and many nieces and nephews of the uncles and aunts as his mother Mary had four brothers and one sister and his father Joseph had five brothers. His son Robert passed away on 1/19/2004.
Visitation is at the Yannatuono Funeral Home at 584 586 Gramatan Avenue, Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon, NY 10552 (914) 699-4010, www.yannantuonofh.com on Tuesday 8/23 and Wednesday 8/24 (2 to 4pm, 7-9 pm, both days, and the funeral service on Thursday morning at Holy Family, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801. A large memorial service is being planned for Saturday, October 15 at St. John's Episcopal Church, New Rochelle, NY 10804. See www.FrankSisco.com for more information.