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Francis J. Alessi, MD
Francis J. Alessi, MD

June 4, 1940 - October 4, 2019
Born in Niagara Falls, New York
Resided in Gretna, Louisiana
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Dr. Francis Joseph Matthew Alessi, 79, a physician for more than 50 years, died Friday, October 4, 2019, in New Orleans, LA, after a long battle with vascular dementia.
Dr. Alessi, of Timberlane Estates in Gretna, LA, was a native of Niagara Falls, New York. He was graduated from Bishop Duffy High School in 1958, and then attended Manlius Military Academy. He was appointed to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, but due to a serious illness that same year, was unable to accept. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated in 1964 in pre-med studies, graduating with a degree in psychology. He went on to attend Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating in 1968.
He performed his general surgery residency at both Baylor College of Medicine and Creighton University; and, thoracic and vascular residencies at Louisiana State University. He then completed a medical fellowship in vascular surgery, under the tutelage of Dr. Denton Cooley, at Texas Children’s Hospital.
During his years in practice, Dr. Alessi was on staff at numerous hospitals in the New Orleans area, including: Meadowcrest, Touro, St. Charles General, Charity, East Jefferson and West Jefferson. He was appointed Chief of Staff of West Jefferson Medical Center in 2003 and served for two years in that position.
Dr. Alessi was certified by the American Board of Surgery. He held medical licenses in both Texas and Louisiana and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Alessi is survived by his beloved former wife, Pamela J. Alessi; one daughter, Ms. Maria C. Alessi (Matthew Hinkle); and 2 sons, Francis A. Alessi and Vincent L. Alessi. He is survived by six grandchildren: Francesca, Nathaniel and Nicholas Hinkle; and, Josephine, Alessandra and Pamela Alessi. He also leaves behind one sister, Louise Gray of California, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dr. Alessi is preceded in death by his beloved son, Christopher D. Alessi; his sister, Cosimine Casciani; and his parents, Louise L. and Dr. Alfred Alessi.
Dr. Alessi was known, depending upon whom you ask, as ‘Frank’, ‘Francis’, ‘Frankie’, ‘Hannibal’, ‘Doc’ and ‘Poppy’. He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, Sinatra, Jazz, Sophia Loren, dogs, scary movies, good jokes, the New Orleans Saints and college sports (especially LSU), anything & everything Italian, and, helping others.
He was loved and will be deeply missed by all those left behind.
The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 4-8 PM and Saturday from 10-11 AM at the (Otto Redanz Chapel) SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 2215 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, where Prayers will be said at 11:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls at 12 PM. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Family and friends invited. Please share your condolences at www.AMIGONE.com

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(Otto Redanz Chapel) Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home
2215 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY US 14304
Friday, October 11, 2019
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church
1413 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, , NY US 14301
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Interment
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
500 Riverdale Avenue
Lewiston, NY US 14092
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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