Francis "Frank" Sisti
SISTI, FRANCIS "FRANK," 87, of Louisville passed away January 4, 2011.
Frank was a veteran of World War II having served in the 83rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. His squadron led the 3rd Armored Division into the Battle of the Bulge where casualties were so high, that he became a Tech Sergeant in a matter of months. He completed coursework in Counter Intelligence in Oberammergau, Germany and French language/civilization courses at the University of Sorbonne in Paris.
Frank was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 24, 1923 to Angelo and Rose Sisti whose families immigrated from San Fele, Italy. He entered college at age 16, where he was a proud graduate of City College of New York in 1944 before he was drafted. He continued his love of learning by auditing anthropology and humanities courses at University of Louisville after his retirement. He was an admirer of Dr. John Hale, Director of the Liberal Studies Program at U of L and attended his community lectures for years.
Frank met his future wife, Ursula Filius, while stationed in Germany during the war. They married in New York City two years later on December 24, 1948 after he established a home and career for his family. He began as a chemist for E. I. DuPont de Nemours in New Brunswick, New Jersey and later continued his career in Michigan and Louisville where he remained since 1959. He found great reward in serving DuPont as a chemical engineer in Research and Development. His career lasted 40 years including his consultation in the sale of Technology to the Soviet Union and China.
Frank was a member of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church since its inception and was instrumental in establishing its Religious Education program in the beginning years. Frank will be especially remembered for his love of service to his community. Beginning in 1990, he became a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate) where he worked with abused and neglected children in Jefferson County. He did not lose faith in the program despite the demands of working with dysfunctional families. Frank also provided "Meals on Wheels" to shut-in elderly in our community.
Frank adored his family and instilled his solid values and work ethic in his family members. While he worked diligently on "home improvement projects", he valued the importance of teaching his grandchildren "patience" in the joy and peace of fishing. He loved baseball, and he attended his grandson's baseball games from t-ball through college.
Frank is survived by his devoted wife, Ursula Sisti of 62 years; his sister, Alfonsa Sisti of New York City; his children, Ellen Sisti Wade (Douglas), of Louisville and Carl Sisti, of Louisville; and his three grandchildren, Brian Wade and Hannah and Samantha Sisti.
A memorial service will be held at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Road at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2011.
The family of Frank is sincerely grateful to the entire staff at Meadowview for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be given in a donation to a worthwhile organization of personal choice.
Frank Sisti was a true gentleman. He treated all the ladies in R&D with respect and consideration during the time I worked in R&D as a clerk. Rest in peace.
IT SEEMS THAT Frank died back on January 4. He was a person that I really admired for his lifelong learning philosophy. I last saw Frank several years ago when we took French classes together at U of L.
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