Anthony J. Falconi Sr. of Farrell, passed away Thursday Oct. 11, 2012, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after a brief illness. He was 87.
Mr. Falconi was born Jan. 24, 1925 in Sharon to his parents, Louis Falconi and Rose Sarcinella Falconi.
After graduating in 1942 from Farrell High School, where he was the team manager of the Farrell Steelers football team, Mr. Falconi was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in World War II with the 164th Combat Engineers Battalion.
After returning home from the war, he married his beloved wife, Lucille Pellis Falconi, in 1946; she preceded him in death in 1997.
As a second generation carpenter, Mr. Falconi honed the skills his father taught him, graduating from New Castle School of Trades and joining Local 268 of the Carpenters union, Sharon. For most of his career, Mr. Falconi worked for the former Wesex Corp. of West Middlesex, as a construction supervisor. He was a proud union man who never worked a non-union job.
Mr. Falconi was a member of what is now Our Lady of Fatima-St. Ann's Church of Farrell, where he volunteered with the labor and work detail for the annual carnival.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286, Farrell; Shenango Valley Italian War Veteran 25 and the Shenango Valley Sons of Italy 875.
Mr. Falconi remained a dedicated Farrell Steelers football fan and was a member of the Touchdown Club. But the real joy of his life was his family. He had immense pride in his eight children and 16 grandchildren.
His family will always remember with love time spent with him, especially through the Christmas season, sharing in the traditional Italian fashion with food and the annual production of the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Mr. Falconi is survived by: his children, Louis Falconi and his wife Patricia, Farrell; John Falconi and his wife Lesa, Sharpsville; James Falconi, Farrell; Thomas Falconi and his wife Kathy; and Janet Petricini and her husband Anthony, all Sharpsville; Rosemary Long and her husband James, Mercer; and Gina Ellison and her husband Matthew, Sharpsville; 16 grandchildren, Lori Creehan and her husband Casey, Lisa Otterbein and her husband Steve, Lois Falconi Jr., John Falconi Jr., Victoria Falconi, Vincent Falconi, Kelsey Falconi, Kaitlyn Falconi, Amy Petricini, Anthony Petricini Jr., James Long Jr., Jennifer Long, Jackson Long, Maria Ellison, Matthew Ellison Jr. and Michael Ellison; and a sister, Marie Napolitan, Farrell.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Anthony Falconi Jr.; a brother, Joseph Falconi; and an infant sister, Lucy Falconi.
Calling hours were Sunday (10-14-12) in Sample-O'Donnell Funeral Home Inc., Sharon. Please visit us on Facebook.
Mass of Christian burial was Monday (10-15-12) in Our Lady of Fatima-St. Ann's Church, Farrell.
Burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of his wife to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fund, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or 1-877 GO KOMEN.
Published Oct. 17, 2012 in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201A Erie St., Grove City.