Alessio “Tony” D’Angelo, 90, of Titusville, NJ died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Born in 1920 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Guilio and Gaetanina D’Angelantonio, and brother of the late Bernard, Albert, and Delia D’Angelantonio, and the late Gemma Molino. Mr. D’Angelo lived the majority of his life in Piscataway, NJ and was an active member of the community and Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church. In May of 2009, he and his wife of 65 years, Theresa, moved to Titusville, NJ to live with their son, Joseph, also formerly of Piscataway, NJ.
Mr. D’Angelo served in WWII in the United State Marine Corps, and was one of the last of the elite “Marine Raiders.” He was a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, known as Edson’s Raiders, and was a combat veteran in the battles of Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Guam, and Okinawa. He frequently took part each year in the John Basilone Parade in Raritan, NJ.
Mr. D’Angelo was also a jazz singer, performing at many events, plays, clubs and weddings throughout the years. He was a former member of Our Lady of Fatima Choir and the Somerset Hills Chapter of Barbershop Quartet Singing, he was an avid fan of opera and Broadway, and enjoyed music in general. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a serious boxing fan. He also enjoyed repairing automobiles. He worked at Anheuser-Busch in Newark, NJ for 36 years as a General Foreman, and retired in January of 1984. He continued to work after his retirement as a limousine driver, an auto parts deliveryman, and worked in the cafeteria at Piscataway High School making pizza.
He is survived by his wife Theresa, his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Paul Romanoski of Whitehouse Station, NJ, his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Christine D’Angelo of Titusville, NJ, his granddaughter Kristin Knoebl of North Brunswick, NJ, his three grandsons John D’Angelo, Ryan Perez, and Tyler Perez, all of Titusville, NJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 and 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at the Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stelton Road, Piscataway. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 501 New Market Road, Piscataway. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery on Hoes Lane, Piscataway. Memorial donations may be made to the Marine Raider Association in the name of Alessio “Tony” D’Angelantonio, 1st Raider Battalion, Edson’s Raiders.