Anthony "Tony" Salafia, 91, of Upper Saddle River, died on Feb. 25.
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He was the youngest of nine children. He grew up in Waldwick and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious service. When stationed in Colorado, he worked with military mules and attributed them to saving his life when deployed to Le Havre, France before ultimately facing combat in Germany and Austria. Shortly after his return from service, he started his own construction company, Orchard Properties, LLC, building homes and commercial buildings throughout Bergen County for almost 50 years. He spent time at his homes in Manahawkin and Delhi, N.Y.
He is survived by his daughters, Joan Gundersen of Mahwah, Carole Grisafi of Woodcliff Lake and Nancy Smith of Mahwah; his grandchildren, Angela Gundersen Calvey and husband Sean Calvey of Monroe, N.Y., Richard Grisafi of Woodcliff Lake and Michael Grisafi of Woodcliff Lake; his great-granddaughter, Caroline Calvey of Monroe, N.Y.; his sisters-in-law, Ann Esposito of Saddle River and Victoria Gudger of Toms River; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 62 years, Carolyn; and his brother-in-law, Jerry Miccinillii.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home in Ramsey. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, followed by entombment at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.
Memorial donations may be made to the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 378 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.
Published in Town Journal on Feb. 26, 2013