Anthony Cianfrani

Obituary of Anthony G. Cianfrani

Anthony G. Cianfrani, 90,  passed away peacefully on 7/26/22 in the warm embrace of his son, Michael A. Cianfrani, and daughter-in-law Laurene Kast Cianfrani.  After a short period of declining health, he died on the patio at sunset in the comfort of his own home at Meadowood CCRC in Lansdale, PA.  He was the beloved husband of Rosemarie Bellitto Cianfrani for 41 years and resided in East Norriton, PA. Anthony was a humble gentleman with a deep love for his family and a strong devotion to God.  He attended daily mass at Blessed Visitation Church and incorporated prayer and good works into his daily life.

Anthony was born on December 30, 1931, the son of the late Angela Christinzio and Michael Cianfrani, immigrants from Monteroduni, Italy.  He grew up in South Philly on Moore Street and graduated from Edward Bok Technical High School.  He worked as a tailor until he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he spent 8 years in service to our country.  He was deployed to Korea in the Thunderbird 45th Infantry Division where he engaged in active combat along the 38th parallel.  His bravery was recognized with numerous awards including Korean Service/Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal for Korea, United Nations Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.  Upon honorable discharge from the military, Anthony worked with his father in auto body repair.   He secured full-time work with the Defense Logistics Agency in the Directorate of Clothing and Textiles - after 42 years of civil service he retired in 1999. 

Anthony married Rosemarie in 1960 after meeting in the Termini Bakery in So. Philly.  They were blessed with their beloved and only son Michael and enjoyed an endearing and happy marriage until Rosemarie's death in 2001.  Anthony was a devoted caretaker to Rosemarie during a prolonged illness that followed a long legacy of familial care for his parents and father-in-law.  Anthony lived with and was cared for by Michael and Laurene at Meadowood since 2014, an experience that was considered by all to be one of our greatest blessings.  Anthony enjoyed life and started each day with the positive affirmation that "Every day's a Blessing!"   Anthony was an inspiring father, providing us with encouragement, support, and lots of love and laughs throughout our lives.  We will miss him greatly.

Anthony enjoyed home-cooked Italian meals and sharing Italian proverbs with his family.  He was a very good billiard, bocce, and pinochle player.  He used his talents and skills in tailoring and home/auto repair.  He was a NY Yankee fan and was thrilled to meet Joe DiMaggio #5 on several occasions.  He ushered Philadelphia sporting events at JFK and Connie Mack Stadiums and also worked weekends at the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In later years, he was an agreeable traveler, accompanying Michael and Laurene on travels from coast to coast including Hawaii, Alabama Gulf Coast, and through the Midwest. 

In addition to his son and daughter-in-law, Anthony is survived by his sister Anna DiGiacomo of Brigantine NJ; his two nieces Carmel Castagna of New Ringold, PA, and Jean Bonatucci of Jersey City, NJ; his five nephews Anthony Gentile of Washington Twp NJ, Christopher Gentile of Wellington FL, Nick Bonatucci of Woodstock GA, John DiGiacomo of Sweedsboro NJ and Michael DiGiacomo of Morgantown PA. Anthony was predeceased by his sisters Jean Bonatucci and Mildred Gentile; his nephews, Robert Gentile and Michael Bonatucci; and cousin, Anthony Rocco Bonatucci.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 2 at 11 am at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA.  Burial will immediately follow at St. Patrick Cemetary Dekalb Pike Norristown PA 19401.  Relatives and Friends are invited to greet the family at a viewing on Monday, August 1 from 6-8:30p at R.L. Williams, Jr Funeral Home, Inc. 3440 Skippack Pike Skippack PA 19474. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to CORA, a Resource Center for Children and Families, may be made in Anthony's memory.  Contributions may be made online at coraservices.org/donate.  Checks may be mailed to CORA Services at 8540 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111.  To make a gift by phone, please call 215-701-2776.   Note:  CORA was named by the founder Sr. Charity, a Sister of the Good Shepherd and stands for Counseling or Referral Assistance. 

Monday
1
August

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday, August 1, 2022
R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.
3440 Skippack Pike
Cedars, Pennsylvania, United States
Tuesday
2
August

Funeral Mass

11:00 am
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
900 Sumneytown Pike
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States
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