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Anthony L. Giannini


Anthony L. Giannini, age 87, of Wayne, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

Anthony was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey where he graduated from Central High school. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served three years in the Korean War obtaining the rank of Corporal. During his service he was awarded several prestigious medals including the Korean Outstanding Service Medal and Bronze Service Stars. Anthony was also awarded a medal by the Passaic County Freeholders for his distinguished military service.

He loved to share many very poignant stories of his service, but the most touching one happened on Christmas Eve during an extremely cold night. A young Korean boy approached him; freezing and hungry. The boy stood in front of Anthony staring and shivering. Being the person he was, Anthony gave all his rations to the young boy. This act of selflessness and generosity carried through countless times throughout his life.

Upon returning from service, Anthony had his eyes set on a lovely young woman who happened to live across the street from him. Anthony asked Ann on a first date to see Johnny Ray at the Paramount Theater in New York City. Persistence paid off and Anthony and Ann fell in love. They got married on November 14,1954 at St. Rocco's RC Church in Newark.

Upon marriage Anthony and Ann lived in the Ivy Hill Section of Newark. They moved to Irvington where they started their family and were blessed with three boys. They finally moved to Wayne, NJ where they lived ever since.

As a young man Anthony attended the Newark College of Engineering and started his lengthy career as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Atlantic Design in Newark. As his career progressed, he worked for several prestigious companies such as Bendix, Simmonds Precision, and finally with the B.F. Goodrich Aerospace Division, in which he retired in 2002.

Anthony loved to be with his family at holidays, simple gatherings and truly enjoyed seeing his family laugh and enjoy life. He was a parishioner at Holy Cross Church in Wayne, NJ and a member of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne and the Wayne Elks.

Anthony was a loving and devoted husband for 63 years to Ann (Cifelli) Giannini. A devoted father to the late Robert (2004) and his surviving wife Jane (Kunis) of Bethlehem Township, Pa, Michael and wife Virginia (Federico) of Wayne, NJ and Anthony and wife Sharon (Leins) of Blandon, Pa; and cherished grandfather of Anthony, Deanna, Michael, Christina, Stephanie, and Ava.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, NJ.

Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from the funeral home and then to Our lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ where a 10 AM Funeral Mass will be offered.

Entombment will be at the Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, East Hanover, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 would be greatly appreciated.

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I am so sorry for your pain, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Draw your strength from your faith, and may God comfort your family.

Donna Marrinan


Mike, Virginia and family I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of the sweetest, most kind man and we were lucky enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. xoxo Love, Allyson, Bob, Bobby & Chris

Allyson Garrone


So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Maria and Stephen conte


We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Rodney & Jenni Ball


Our deepest condolences to Tony’s entire family. Anne, Michael, Anthony - you all were the greatest neighbors anyone could ever have. May you be comforted by all of your wonderful memories together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you should only know of happier times ahead!

Teddy Struhl


Dear Ann and family, My sincere condolences ! He was a really nice person married to a nice person.

Patricia M. McLoone


It was with great sadness that we learned of Tony's passing. I would like to express on behalf of all of the members of the Golden Age Circle of Wayne our condolences to Anne and family. Many of us here knew Tony personally, and he was well-loved among our members. He will be missed. Again, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this time of mourning.

Terry Coronato-Rossi, Corresponding Secretary GACW


Our prayers go out to you and your family. So sorry for the loss of your Father Carol & Dani Dipasquale

Carol &Danielle Dipasquale


I am sorry for your loss, I would see Mom and Dad at the 5pm mass at Holy Cross, I will keep Anthony in my prayers, Tell Mom I am sorry for her loss, thanks Vinny Arbucci

vincent arbucci-holy cross parishoner

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