Frank E. Ciszek, long-time resident of Grand Island, passed away at home on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the age of 91. Born in Niagara Falls, September 14, 1924, to Frank and Mary (Kaczor) Ciszek. Predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Bernice (Mietlowski) Ciszek, and three brothers, Joseph, Henry and Eugene Ciszek.
Survived by his sister, Helen (Ciszek) Bogal of Niagara Falls, and his four children, Melanie (Ciszek) Magee of Shrewsbury MA, Christopher J. Ciszek and Stephen F. Ciszek of Grand Island, and Ian Patrick Ciszek of Lutz, FL., as well as his grandson Ryan S. Magee and his great-granddaughter, Caroline J. Magee of Medway, MA; also survived by his sister-in-law, Emily (Mietlowski) Kajfasz, and many nieces and nephews and their children. Mr.
Ciszek was a veteran of World War II, participating in the Normandy Invasion and serving in France for over two years. He married Bernice in 1948 and in 1952 they moved to the house on Grand Island where he lived the remainder of his life. He was employed as the head custodian of Huth Road Elementary School until his retirement in 1987, but returned frequently as a classroom volunteer. He was a founding member of the school credit union and served on its loan committee, and enjoyed a number of volunteer activities as a Friend of the Grand Island Public Library, and also in various roles at St. Stephen's Church. In earlier years, he was noted for raising farm animals, including goats, a cow, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese, as well as growing a comprehensive vegetable garden, and was fond of reporting that everything on the dinner table, with the exception of the coffee, came from his own property. He was also an excellent family and community historian, and could be relied upon to recall colorful details of events from long ago, both those that he personally witnessed and those that he heard about from older friends and relatives. He was a great storyteller and will be remembered for his extremely kind nature and charitable disposition, and will be greatly missed by his family and his numerous friends.
Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published on March 29, 2016