Nicholas A. Sisak of Sudbury (formerly of Wayland) peacefully passed away on Memorial Day just two months before his 95th birthday. After several hospitalizations over the past two years, he was hospitalized once more on Mother's Day. His loving, dedicated wife, the former Susan Ehrreich of Wayland, never left his side and was with him as he died in his sleep at Emerson Hospital on Monday, May 28, 2012. Mr. Sisak had a fascinating life as a highly decorated Marine Colonel and a Pearl Harbor survivor in World War II with 19 years of service in the Marine Corps. He had many assignments, including Marine gun platoon leader on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, and after receiving his Wings in 1943, as a Squadron Commander with the Pacific Theater until the end of the war. He was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania on August 2, 1917. He entered the University of Pittsburgh with an RPI Math and Science Medal Scholarship and graduated with High Honors with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He earned his MBA at Harvard University with high distinction as a Baker Scholar and was elected to the Century Club. Mr. Sisak had a distinguished career while working in the Pentagon as liaison to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, spent 40 years at Raytheon Headquarters in Lexington, ultimately as Regional Director of Corporate Marketing, and was an honored member of the Board of Trustees at Middlesex Community College for 10 years. An avid golfer, with a 3 handicap, who won many tournaments, he was the oldest member at Nashawtuc Country Club of Concord, which was his second home for 50 years. He was also active in many organizations, Retired Men's Association, Marine Corps League and AFCEA to name a few. In addition to his adored wife, "Suzi", he is survived by his son, Robert Sisak; daughter, Peggy Michalak; stepdaughter, Sandra Fredrick; stepson, Dennis Ehrreich; brother MIchael Sisak of Pennsylvania, 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services with full military honors will be held on Saturday, June 2nd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 160 Concord Road in Sudbury. Interment will follow the Mass at the North Cemetery on Rte. 27 in Wayland. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1st, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Duckett - J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute at 656 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20) in Sudbury. For Guest Book and directions, please see www.duckett-waterman.com Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nicholas A. Sisak to the Marine Corps League Metrowest Detachment #1037, c/o Jim Hastings, PO Box M, Natick, MA 01760.
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Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from May 31 to June 11, 2012