Poughkeepsie, NY – Arno A Frank, passed in the company of his loving family on November 9, 2022, after living a long and happy life. Arno’s greatest legacy will always be the beautiful family he nurtured with the love of his life, Marie.
Born in Weseritz, Sudetenland, Germany on October 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Anton Frank and Anna (Muhlfried) Frank. Arno was forced to mature quickly when his family was expelled from the city after WWII, and they lost their 150-year-old family-owned business and farm. In 1953, at age 14, the family was able through a sponsor to emigrate to Millbrook, NY.
After graduation from Webutuck High School, he started a successful career in the printing industry and worked as an Offset Pressman, Arno was known as a legendary “color man” before the introduction of spectrometers. His devotion to craftsmanship continued throughout his career including the time he spent in the United States Army from November 15, 1961, where he specialized as an Offset Pressman printing map, until his honorable discharge on October 31, 1967. Decorations and medals include the Good Conduct Medal, Expert (Carbine), and Marksman (Rifle).
Arno married the love of his life Marie D. Kistner at Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie on October 1, 1966.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years Marie; his four children; daughter Heidi Bauer (Thomas), son Kevin Frank, daughter Christine Paquette (Robert), and daughter Karen Stortini (Ryan); grandchildren Scott and Steven Bauer, Robert Paquette, Joseph, Marissa and Juliana Stortini; sisters Ingeborg Najarian (John deceased) of MA and Herma Vogt (Werner deceased) of Germany, brother-in-law Bernie Kistner (CarlaLisa) several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; predeceased by his parents and brother Siegfried Frank (Nancy) of MA.
Much of Arno’s life revolved around family and friends. Arno was an avid outdoorsman whether it was deer hunting with his son Kevin and friends, annual apple picking with family, swimming with his grandchildren or splitting wood. Watching TV westerns and sports, especially rooting for his beloved Yankees, was a favorite pastime.
Arno was an uber grandpa – he adored each of his grandchildren and watched over them with a loving heart and an eagle eye. He was steel on the outside, but marshmallow underneath. His booming pronouncements were always interspersed with warm hugs! Arno and Marie created a home that welcomed and cared for not only their own children, but many others entranced by the warmth and caring selflessly offered.
Visitation was Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 4pm to 7pm at the Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, Inc. 39 So. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. (845)452-1840. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10am Friday November 18, 2022, at Holy Trinity Church 775 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
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