Mr. Felix J. Cistolo, 92, of 111 Franklin Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in the Northview Estates at 9:00 am.
Mr. Cistolo was born in Italy on June 27, 1921 to the late Carmine R. and Elvira Rotolo Cistolo. Felix is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1941. Following his graduation he briefly worked for the Greyhound Bus Lines in Cleveland, OH. On July 16, 1942 Felix enlisted with the U.S. Army and served with the Company G. 317th Infantry as a rifleman with the rank of Private First Class until his discharge on October 20, 1945. He fought in the Battles of the Bulge, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and four Battle Bronze Stars. He was a proud veteran and belonged to the V.F.W., American Legion, the 80-th Division Veterans Association life member and served as their commander from 1974 to 1975, the Disabled American Veterans Lawrence County Chapter 112 and the National D.A.V., Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, past Commander of the Beaver Valley Battle of the Bulge #30, the Military
Order of the Purple Heart, and the National Infantry Association. On June 6, 1975 Felix helped unvail a memorial honoring his 80th Division in Heiderscheid, Luxenburg. And, on November 9, 2009 he received the Knight in the Legion of Honor Medal from the French Government. He also served as the Chairman of the Ellwood City Memorial Day Parade for ten years.
Following his service with the Army, Felix worked at the U.S. Steel plant in Ellwood City from 1947 until 1956 as a clerk. He then worked for the United States Postal Service in Ellwood City as a clerk for thirty years.
Felix is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society. He served as a money counter, usher, and greeter at the church. He is a member of the Sons of Italy #608 and served as the financial secretary of the club for 32 years.
Mr. Cistolo is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Esther (Ken) Shoaf of Franklin Twp., Angela (Tim) Tomko of Wampum, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert (Linda) Cistolo of Verea, Ohio, Edward Cistolo and Marie Knapp of Economy Boro, his grandchildren, Michael (Lisa) Cistolo, Joseph (Lisa) Cistolo, Mary Beth Cistolo, Joshua Markvan, Jonathan (Jaya) Markvan, Jennifer Shoaf, Ken (Valarie) Shoaf, Aaron (Kimberly) Nye, Aaron Nye, Timothy Tomko, & Sara Tomko, and his great grandchildren, Anthony, Nathan, Brody, Lena, Alexandra, & Katrina Cistolo, Ava Markvan, Kaysen, & Paisley Conver, Brooke Cooper, Anika, & Zane Shoaf, Abigail, Logan, & Mackenzie Nye. He is also survived by his sister, Gilda Santillo of Beaver, and his brother, Fred Cistolo of New Castle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rose M. Squicquero Cistolo whom he married on November 22, 1947 and passed away on July 6, 2008, his two sisters, Eleanor Cistolo in infancy, & Lucy McClurg, and his two brothers, Felix Cistolo in infancy, & Albert Cistolo.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. Members of the Holy Name Society are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 8:20 pm to conduct a service at 8:30 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the church on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.
Memorials contributions in Mr. Cistolo’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services.
The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/