SWANSBORO - Anthony (Tony) Stanley Cizerle, 90, of Swansboro, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Crystal Bluffs Health Care Center in Morehead City. Tony was ready for and looked forward to his heavenly reunion with his wife of 69 years, Thelma, who predeceased him Feb. 29th.
Tony is known among his friends and family as "Dad C" or "Grandpa C" as he so loved his family and extended families. He is survived by his brother, Joe Cizerle and wife Sharon of Arma, Kan.; and his sister, Mary Cizerle Hathorn of Girard, Kan.; son and his wife, Frank and Helen Cizerle of Swansboro; and son and his wife, Tony and Debby Cizerle of Phoenix. Tony's oldest son, Stan Cizerle, died in 2004 in Swansboro. Tony's sisters Angela Legat and Frances Zalar and brothers Frank and John Cizerle also predeceased him. "Dad C" is also survived by grandchildren, Christine LeGear and Tad Cizerle, Marc Cizerle and Tiffany Cizerle, Kimberley Cizerle and Kirk Cizerle, Kathleen Bremer and Jonathan Benne; and great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Daniel LeGear, Carter and Eli Cizerle Moore, Jacob Benne and Ryan Bremer; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Tony was born on Oct. 4, 1917 as Tony Pozes, and was then adopted before he was a year old by his Uncle John and Aunt Matilda Cizerle after his mother died of the flu epidemic in Yugoslavia. Tony grew up with the Cizerle family working on their farm in Girard, Kan. On Christmas Eve 1938, he gave his fiancé a lovely diamond ring; he married Thelma Mae Grimes on April 3, 1939. Soon after, they moved to Waukegan, Ill., to start their life together. As "Mom C" worked part time jobs and was most involved in rearing their three sons, "Dad C" often worked two jobs, including over 39 years as a steelworker with U.S. Steel, to support his family. During these challenging economic times, Dad and Mom C often opened their home, resources, and love to other neighborhood boys. Closest among them was Mike Phillips (now of Yuma, Ariz.), often regarded as the fourth son and brother.
After more than 40 years of hard work, depression-era economics, World War II, two major wars, the challenges of raising boys through the '50s and '60s, and 20 years of "semi-retirement," Tony and Thelma moved to Swansboro in 1994 where they continued to enjoy their blessings and heritage in the Greatest Generation. This new home allowed them to more easily share their love of being parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Tony soon found new friends at the local Senior Centers where he did volunteer work and frequently socialized.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro. A Home Going Celebration for Tony may be conducted at a later time.
Instead of flowers, the family appreciates memorial contributions to Hospice of Carteret County, P.O. Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557 or another charitable organization of choice.