Anthony L. Ellis, 83, of Laflin passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Pittston, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 26, 1929, a son of the late Peter and Rose Decker Ellis.
He attended GAR Memorial High School and served in the U.S. Army
from 1950 to 1956. He was a veteran of the Korean War
Tony was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, and St. George Maronite Church, Wilkes Barre. He served on St. George Maronite Parish Council and was the recipient of the Massabki Award and was a member of the Kassab Joseph-Post.
He owned and operated Anthony L. Ellis Scrap Metal Co. for more than 65 years.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Madeline Elias Ellis, in 1976, and Mary Jane Elias Ellis, in 1984; sisters, Margaret Morrin, Alyce Thomas, Sadie Osanni, Theresa Banashefski, Ann Shehwen and Jean Zuczek; one brother, Leo Ellis; and stepdaughter, Michele D'Eliseo, in 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Virginia Lussi D'Eliseo Ellis; sons, Anthony Ellis and wife, Beth, Mountain Top; and Peter Ellis and wife. Mary Ann, Bartonsville; stepsons, Ronald D'Eliseo and wife, Brenda, Duryea; and Anthony D'Eliseo and wife, Angela, Laflin; stepdaughter, Mary Ann Sromoski and husband, Adam, West Pittston; sister, Celia Thomas, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gerald Gibbons, the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and Wesley Village for the kind and compassionate care given to Tony during his illness.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Military honors will be held at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Earthly Angels, 140 Main St., Second Floor, Luzerne, PA 18709, which benefits autistic children.