Edward Ettore (Sigismondi) Sigmond Sr., 91, a lifelong resident of Luzerne, passed away on Thursday at Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Dallas, where he had been a resident for the past 3 1/2 years.
He was born on April 9, 1922 in Luzerne, son of the late Mose and Columbia Bileggi Sigismondi. He graduated from Luzerne High School in 1939.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945 during World War II
, where he was stationed in Panama. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant and after his military service attended Wilkes-Barre Business College.
Prior to his retirement in 1982, he worked as an automobile mechanic at Motor Twins in Kingston for 30 years. He loved being with people, so he then worked at General Cinema in Wilkes-Barre for 10 years, where he greeted moviegoers wearing the nametag "Mr. Ed."
He also loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer. In addition, he enjoyed flying twin-engine airplanes as a member of the Wyoming Valley Flying Club. He was a loyal Philadelphia Phillies fan.
Affectionately known as "Poppy" to his family, Mr. Sigmond was loved and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Samuel Sigismondi; sisters, Irene Krzeszowski and Gertrude Petrilak; and a infant son.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, the former Angeline Monte; daughter, Lenora Minetola and her husband, John, Luzerne; son, Edward E. Sigmond Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Melissa Leddy and her husband, Stanton, Joshua Minetola, Jared Minetola and his wife, Valerie, Jenna Minetola, Erick Sigmond, Rachael Sigmond, Ethan Sigmond; great-granddaughter, Grace Leddy; sisters, Sarah Sicurella, Follansbee, West Virginia, Amelia Balberchack, Forty Fort, Delores Brown, Kingston; nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sigmond's family wishes to thank Dr. John Carey and all the dedicated staff at Mercy Center for their excellent and compassionate care, spiritual guidance and commitment to their residents.
Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne. The Rev. Michael Zipay will officiate. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Center Nursing Unit, P.O. Box 370, Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.