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In Memory of

Michael D. Cistone

May 31, 1923 - May 15, 2017

Obituary


Michael D. Cistone
5/31/1923 to 5/15/2017

Born in Tacony, an Italian neighborhood of Philadelphia, to parents who maintained Italian traditions.
Strong Work Ethic, family values, tough on the outside (courage, can-do), soft on the inside (sentimental)
Mike the Scholar - strong high school academics math and science, 8th grade president
Mike the Scout - Eagle Scout, Tacony Boys Club, service to others
Mike the Athlete - high school baseball all-star, recruited for St. Louis Cardinals farm team; football, played in Army-Navy football game at end of the war

Mike the Soldier - Private...

Michael D. Cistone
5/31/1923 to 5/15/2017

Born in Tacony, an Italian neighborhood of Philadelphia, to parents who maintained Italian traditions.
Strong Work Ethic, family values, tough on the outside (courage, can-do), soft on the inside (sentimental)
Mike the Scholar - strong high school academics math and science, 8th grade president
Mike the Scout - Eagle Scout, Tacony Boys Club, service to others
Mike the Athlete - high school baseball all-star, recruited for St. Louis Cardinals farm team; football, played in Army-Navy football game at end of the war

Mike the Soldier - Private First Class, U.S. Army, served in Europe from D-Day to end of WWII, honorable discharge

Career - Trained and excelled as an Electrician for Philadelphia Electric Company and later Southern California Edison

Romantic - fell hard for his first true love and life-long partner, Mary Spadea from South Philadelphia. Courted while serving in the Army overseas during WWII. Married upon return after war ended. Raised 3 children: Dominick, Maryann, Esther. Remained bonded to Mary through good and bad times, even as she drifted away from him in recent years with her own health decline. Dominick Cistone married to Joan Cistone, Maryann Cistone Watson married to Floyd Watson, Esther Cistone married to Richard Rose.

Pioneering - Moved his young family from East Coast to California for educational opportunities and better life. Many moves, Lived in 12 different locations. All 3 children graduated from college and achieved rewarding careers, with support from both parents. Mike was always there when you needed him, ready to troubleshoot and lend a helping hand, beloved teacher of life skills. Mike developed heart disease in his 50's, had several heart surgeries, but benefitted by modern medicine and his courage and determination to be a strong and capable man. He was passionate about geneology, science and technology, but also enjoyed fishing and needlepoint. His stories and wisdom are his legacy.

Devoted Grandfather - Always interested and supportive of his 6 grandchildren (Christopher Cistone, Nathan [Angelina] Cistone, Nick Cistone, Floyd Michael Watson, Anthony Watson, David Rose, Steven Rose), and 1 great-grandchild (Olivia Watson). Enjoyed many celebrations centered around special events related to these young people. Inspired Christopher to seek a career in computers, and Steve to pursue mechanical engineering.

Later Years - Grew very close to his caregiver, Maria Murillo and her husband Jaime and daughter Emily. They were Mike's extended family, who he loved as much as his own. Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, and 1 grandchild. Mike was proud and respectful, reluctant to ever give up, and succeeded in earnest to live a decent, dignified life. He will be missed, but always loved.

Graveside Service to be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Pacific View Memorial Park

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

American Heart Association
https://donatenow.heart.org/