Francis E. Sisti, a retired teacher and Army officer, died Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) in Phoenix after a brief illness. He was 84.
The former Kenmore resident was born in Buffalo.
He served in the Army in World War II, rising through the ranks. He was a major when he retired after 26 years of service.
He and his wife, the former Mildred Lucchino, lived at Army posts in various locations, including California, Germany and Puerto Rico. After his retirement, he and his family returned to Western New York, settling in Kenmore, where they lived until their move to Phoenix two years ago.
After his military retirement, he enrolled at Buffalo State College. He completed his GED, bachelor's degree and master's degree in education, all in only four years.
He became a teacher in City of Tonawanda schools, where he taught social studies at Tonawanda Junior High School. He retired after 26 years of teaching.
He was a member of Ken-Ton Sertoma and for years participated in the annual Sertoma Thanksgiving Day dinner, during which he and other members cooked and served turkey dinners to needy families. He also volunteered for the Red Cross.
Sisti received several awards for his community service, including the Sertoma Man of the Year award.
He enjoyed traveling, hiking and cross-country skiing.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by two sons, Frank of Phoenix and Michelan of Los Angeles; a brother, Alfred of Hamburg; and a granddaughter.
Services were held Thursday in Phoenix. Burial, with full military honors, was in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.