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CISTARO, Martin Allen Martin, Age 66, from Mesa, Arizona peacefully passed on Thursday, July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family and friends. Martin leaves behind his surviving wife Kathleen and stepchildren Kristen (Norman) Waldman, Steven (Michelle) Knickerbocker, Lea Kendall, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, three brothers Michael Jr., Mark Sr., and Ralph, two sister’s Maureen Grafton and Erica Baarman. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. Martin was born in Harvey, Illinois on Oct 13, 1950 to Michael Sr. and Marjorie (Napoli) Cistaro, who preceded Martin in death, along with his brother Kevin Cistaro. Martin enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1970-1974 as a Staff Sergeant and received an honorable discharge. While living in Blue Island, Illinois, he worked for the City of Blue Island Sanitation Department and was also a part-time Police Officer. He received many commendations throughout his career. In February 2000, Martin & family relocated to Arizona where he continued his career as a Security Officer for the City of Phoenix Water Department. He retired in 2010. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at St. George Roman Catholic Church in Apache Junction, Arizona. Martin was a loving husband and a wonderful stepfather. He was and is much loved and will be greatly missed. “Precious in the sight of Jesus is the death of his saints!” Martin’s family wishes to extend our special thanks to the doctor and healthcare team at Wings of Hope Hospice.
Published on  October 1, 2017
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