A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church in Poland, with the Rev. William J. Connell officiating for Anthony "Tony" J. DeFelice Sr., 87, who passed away at Hospice House on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.
Anthony was born in Mahoningtown, New Castle, on March 28, 1930, to Francesco and Carmella (Schioppa) DeFelice.
He had eight brothers and sisters who preceded him in death; Mary Citro, Coletta Crandall, Antoinette Conti, Isabelle Mastrantuoni, Emma Sandora, William DeFelice, Joseph DeFelice and Antonio DeFelice.
He attended Mahoning School and graduated from New Castle High School in 1947, where he participated in band and orchestra.
He enjoyed bowling and played baseball for various teams St. Margaret, Sandy and Chuck and Croton A.C. He also had a tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team when Branch Rickey was general manager.
He entered the service in December 1951, stationed in Camp Roberts, California, playing in the First Armored Division Band and later was sent overseas to Wurtzburg, Germany, where he played for the 31st Army Band.
He attended Youngstown State University and was also a self-employed grocer in New Castle.
In 1960, he married the former Carmel Gatti at Immaculate Conception Church in Youngstown.
In 1961, he was employed by Metropolitan Insurance Co., becoming a sales manager and district sales manager, winning many awards and trips for his production. He obtained his CLU in 1977.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmel, on June 28, 2016.
He is survived by his two children, Anthony (Tina Marie) DeFelice of Poland and Annette (Vince) Romeo of Warren, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Marielena (Stan) Gozur, Anthony DeFelice III, Dominic DeFelice, Vincenzo Romeo, Giuliano Romeo and Lucianio Romeo; and a great-grandchild, Michael Thomas Gozur.
The DeFelice and Romeo family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for providing professional service at compassionate care.
Friends may call at Holy Family Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave., in Boardman. Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Tony's family.
Published on August 8, 2017