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
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
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.