Anthony Alfano Sr., Scranton, died November 3, 2012, at Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife was the former Phyllis Genello, who died August 1992.
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Born August 1, 1921, in Scranton, the son of the late Vito and Philomena DeLeo Alfano, he was a member of St. Lucy's Church, West Scranton. He was a graduate of the University of Scranton and earned a BS in chemistry in 1943, and attended Ohio State University for post-graduate studies in chemistry. He was a graduate of ICS in industrial Metallurgy and Radio and Television Repair.
He proudly served four years in the United States Army. He was selected for a crash course in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania under the Army Specialized Training Program. From the Corps of Engineers, he was transferred to the Manhattan Project, where he worked in several departments for the development of the atomic bomb, receiving a commendation from the U.S. Defense Department. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1946.
He was a past member of the American Chemical Society. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 20, the National Association of Federal Employees, the Dante Literacy Society, the German-American Society and local senior center groups. He was a world traveler and student of the Polish language sponsored by the Polish Culture and Language Society at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School, Scranton, Pa.
He was employed by the federal government and started his civil service career as a chemist at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, and was transferred in this capacity to the Natick Research and Development Laboratories, Natick, Mass. He completed his civil service career in the chemical field, from the packaging department of the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Here he was engaged in the testing of materials and equipment for Army use, trouble-shooting for the Army's depot system, and packaging and preservation of Army vehicles, equipment and supplies to insure their availability and readiness under all environmental conditions. He retired from the Tobyhanna Army Depot in 1986.
In addition to his civil career in the federal government, he was employed by Maxson Electronics, Eureka Specialty Printing Company, Certain-Teed Fiberglass, Federal Specific and Anemostat.
He greatly enjoyed the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an amateur photographer, and also enjoyed repairing electronic equipment. His other interests included fishing, cooking, baking bread, gardening and polka dancing. He built the family's first television set more than 40 years ago.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Joseph F. Mozeleski, Avoca; a daughter-in-law, Sherri Alfano, Scranton; three granddaughters, Amy Mozeleski, Alyssa and Amanda Alfano; a sister and brother-in-law, Grace and John Hale, Hawley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Anthony Alfano Jr.; a sister, Marie Sansieri, R.N.; and two brothers, Rocco and William.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carl J. Savino Jr. Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St., West Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday evening from 4 to 8 p.m.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 4, 2012