Frank V. Colistra, 89, of Auburn, passed on March 12, 2013. He lived in Gloversville, New York, for most of his life. For the past six years, Frank resided in Auburn at the Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center, where a deeply committed and compassionate staff cared for him.
Frank was born on March 3, 1924, in Amsterdam, N.Y. to Maria and Antonio Colistra. He is the youngest child in his family of eight: Katherine, Natalina, Joseph, Genevieve, Angelina, Henry, Gerard and Frank.
Frank graduated from the Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam at 18 years old. Soon after graduation, in 1942, Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the 235th Combat Engineers and earning the rank of Sergeant. His WW II tour of duty took him from Fort Upton, N.Y., to North Africa (Oran and Algeria), Italy (Bonnalia, Foggia, Naples, Rome, Arno, North Apennine's and Po Valley), and Manila, returning through Fort Dix. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. Frank was proud of his service to the country that he served admirably.
He met the love of his life, Helen I. Savarese, in Amsterdam soon after his discharge from the U.S. Army. On September 7, 1947, they married at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Gloversville, N.Y. They spent all of their healthy lives living in the city of Gloversville. They were able to celebrate 63 wedding anniversaries.
Frank's careers during his lifetime had him working in Mohawk Rugs in his youth, as a glove cutter in early adulthood, insurance salesman, and finally finding his niche as a car salesman/manager for General Motor vehicles in the Gloversville and surrounding area. He retired from the car industry in 1987. He volunteered on several city committees in Gloversville, including Commissioner of Recreation.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen I. Colistra; his parents, Antonio and Maria Colistra; brothers, Joseph Colistra, Henry Colistra, Gerald (Anne) Colistra; and sisters, Katherine (Nicholas) Nicotera, Natalina Aldi, Jenny (Gary) Calipetro and Angelina (Emilio) DiMezza. Also predeceased are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Vincent and Edith (Barone) Savarese; his brothers-in-law, Alphonso (Mary) Savarese and Anthony Savarese; and his sister-in-law, Elvira (Tony) Mancini,
Surviving is his devoted daughter, Patricia M. (Michael) Nunno of Auburn; his grandson, Sean (Priscilla) Sinon of Ellicott City, Md.; and his granddaughter, Brianna (Samuel) Rowley of Chelmsford, Mass.; and two blessed great-grandchildren, Olivia Marie Sinon and Elias Roberts Rowley. His sisters-in-law, Mary Colistra of Pennsylvania, Ruth Campanile and Eleanor Pezzella of Gloversville, N.Y., and Francis Savarese of Arizona; along with numerous nieces and nephews, survive him.
Frank's hobbies were many including: golfing, home improvements, politics, sports, good food and wine but his greatest joy was his family.
Since 2006, Frank resided at Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center. You would find him watching a good western, especially John Wayne, a good WWII movie, sports (golf, basketball or football) or the news.
Services will be held in the Gloversville and Amsterdam area, date has yet to be decided.
Brew Funeral Home, Auburn, is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ in memory of Frank V. Colistra.