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Coda - Final Notes and Obituaries for Jim Misitano's Parents and Siblings

(Obituaries edited to remove names of grandchildren of Jim's parents)

Francis (Frank, Francesco) Antonio Misitano
  • Birth: October 22, 1891, (Caraffa, Reggio Calabria, Italy)
  • Death: August 4, 1963, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Marriage: February 18, 1917, Frances Gelsomina Mollica

Obituary in Altoona Mirror, August 8th, 1963

Frank A. Misitano, 71, of 1500 16th Ave. died unexpectedly Sunday noon in the Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. and Mrs. Misitano had stopped in Colorado Springs to visit a daughter while enroute home from California where they had visited other children.

He was born in Caraffa, Reggio Calabria, Italy, October 22, 1891, a son of Anthony and Pauline Misitano, and married Frances Mollica.

Surviving are his wife, eight children, Anthony, Philip, Vincent and Thomas of Altoona, Joseph of Canoga Part, CA, Francis and Mrs. Grace McNeill of Sylmar, CA, and Miss Pauline in Colorado Springs; 19 grandchildren, and a sister, Miss Angela in Italy.

He retired in September 1959 as a crane operator in the Altoona Works (of the Pennsylvania Railroad) after 43 years of service.

Below Left:Francis beaming with joy on another physical task, this one to improve the landscaping of one of his rental homes with a new concrete retaining wall to create a back patio for the home, and a raised back yard area.

Below Right: Francis relaxing in the sunshine and fowers in his backyard garden.

Grandson Jimmy's Final Notes

Francis, my grandfather, passed just before my 13th birthday. While I did spend lots of time at his home, the extended family was large enough that there wasn't a huge amount of one-on-one time with him. What I do recall is a very happy, gentle and loving man. He had a way of greeting me that I can still hear in my mind, calling me by the name my dad always signed his war letters with, "Jimmy." My grandfather would pronounce the "J" the way that Maurice Chevalier pronounces the "G" when he sings the name "GiGi" in the Oscar-winning 1958 film of the same name.

- "Jimmy" Jr.


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