Priano Sr. , Anthony 83
Anthony "Tony" Priano Sr., 83, of Whitehall, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, of natural causes. Per his wishes, he passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine "Cathy" (Auen); daughter, Karen; and four sons, Tony, Gerry (Mimi), Al (Cheryl) and Jeff (Linda Walker, fiance). He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 10 boys and 1 girl; and 10 great-grandchildren, 7 boys and 3 girls. He is also survived by brothers, Guy (Francis) and Al (Lee). Tony was born April 18, 1930, and grew up in Bloomfield and Carrick, a son of Alfonso and Grazia Priano, both Sicilian immigrants. He met the love of his life, Cathy, doing "the Jitterbug" at Sully's, a dance hall in Brentwood. They were married 62 years. From his father, Tony learned the trades of bricklayer, decorative stonemason and concrete finisher and put those skills to work building his own home in Whitehall, where he moved in 1955. He also had a career as a letter carrier with the Postal Service, was an Air Force veteran and member of American Legion Nix-Vogel Post No. 935. Throughout his life, Tony's pride was his large, close family, one filled with laughter and song. A hardworking creative man, his brick, block and decorative stonework can be seen in commercial buildings and homes throughout the city. He used to amaze his children by doing long division and calculating cubic yards of concrete in his head. He played trumpet in the Air Force band. Tony was very active at St. Elizabeth Church as an usher, involved in the baptismal program and at the yearly Spring-a-Rama. He and Cathy directed the tour program for the senior citizen's for many years. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, Pa. 15227. A funeral prayer will be held 9:15 a.m. Monday morning. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Pleasant Hills. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. Please send condolences to http://www.johnfslater.com.