Frank M. Emmi, 96 the husband of Anita Cristello Emmi of Auburn died Sunday in The Commons on St. Anthony. Born in Auburn, Frank was a Veteran of WWII having served with the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. Frank was a gun armorer specialist on P-38, P-47 and P-51 aircraft all in 30 and 50 caliber as well as 20 mm weaponry. He also handled the synchronization of the gun camera to the guns recording aerial victories for the pilots. He served with the vaunted 39th fighter squadron of the 35th fighter group of the 5th Air Force. With this well traveled historic fighter squadron, Frank saw action in New Guinea, Netherlands, Bismarck Archipelago, Luzon, Northern Solomons, Western Pacific, East Indies, Philippines and Okinawa. Frank retired after over 34 years at Buckeye Pipe Line Co. and enjoyed gardening and operating Frank's Nursery on Canoga Road.
Within the past month, Frank and his wife Anita lost their precious son Frank to cancer. He passed away January 2, 2020 in Huntington, NY and was mourned deeply.
In addition to his wife, Anita, Frank is survived by his treasured son's wife, Janet Emmi of Long Island; brother James Emmi of Syracuse; three sisters Rose Mailloux of Auburn, Nancy Avery of Ithaca and Rita Canas of CT; sisters in law Lorraine Emmi of Auburn; granddaughters Leeann, Sarah and Elizabeth Emmi, all of Long Island; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents Louis and Filomena Spinelli Emmi, and his son, Frank is predeceased by five brothers, Tony, Sam, Mike, Steve and Alfred Emmi; and two sisters Mary Emmi and Josephine Kuczek.
Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial to be offered Thursday at 11:00 am in St. Francis Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling honors will be conducted Wednesday, February 12, from 4 to 7pm in the Cheche Funeral Home Inc., 1778 Clark Street Road, Auburn.
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