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  • Frank J. Sestir

  • Frank J. Sestir, 92, of Summit Road, died peacefully at home on Aug. 2, 2013, with his family by his side.

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  • Frank J. Sestir, 92, of Summit Road, died peacefully at home on Aug. 2, 2013, with his family by his side.
    Mr. Sestir was born on July 16, 1921 in Little Falls, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Masle) Sestir. He received his education at St. Mary's Academy, Little Falls, and entered the U.S. Army in 1942. Frank served with the Company B 66th Battalion during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of corporal. On Feb. 16, 1946, he was united in marriage with the former Marion Santmire in Newport. In his early years he worked at factories in Little Falls including Burrows Paper, Snyder’s Bicycle and Felt Shoe. Frank was later employed at Utica Drop Forge and Kelsey-Hayes Corporation for 30 years, from where he retired. Marion preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2012.
    Frank was a member of the former St. Mary’s Church, Middleville, and the former Holy Name Society of St. John’s Church, Newport. He was a life member of the Michael S. Pliseck Post No. 4915 V.F.W., Herkimer. The Sestirs enjoyed traveling in their motor home for many years and were members of the Good Sam Camping Club. They especially enjoyed the time spent with family and friends at Moffitt Beach, Lake Pleasant and wintered in Zephyrhills, Fla., for over 20 years.
    Survivors include his four children, Marian (Richard) Grandy, of Little Falls, Frank (Valerie) Sestir, Jr., of Gouverneur, Patricia (James) Accattato, of Frankfort, and Monica (Fred) Peek, of North Utica; two sisters, Rose Zilkowski and Vera Wright, both of Little Falls; nine grandchildren, Richard (Erin) Grandy, Nicole (Curtis) Kilburn, Andrea (Dominick) Bellino, Dominick Accattato, Ryan Sestir, Marc (Lindsay) Sestir and Michael, Stephen and Kelsey Peek; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Frank was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Sestir; two sisters, Marie Adams and Frances Nilsson; and a granddaughter, Kristen Peek.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Church, Newport, on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Quy N. Vo, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Middleville Rural Cemetery where military honors will be conferred by the Military Forces Honor Guard. Calling hours at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport, are on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
    Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Hospice and Palliative Care. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
    Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.
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