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Anthony Thomas Civella Sr.

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Anthony Thomas Civella, Sr., 75, Kansas City, MO, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2006, in Phoenix, AZ, while enjoying a golfing vacation with family and friends. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Monday, February 20, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1357 NE 42nd Terr., Kansas City, MO, 64116; entombment in Resurrection Mausoleum, Kansas City North. Visitation will be 3-9 p.m., Sunday, at Passantino Bros. Funeral Home, 2117 Independence Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64124; where the rosary will be said at 6 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Tony was born in Kansas City, MO, on February 17, 1930, to Carl and Fannie Civella. He lived his entire life in the Kansas City area. On February 6, 1951, Tony married his childhood sweetheart, Molly DeLuna, and over the years fathered five children. Tony belonged to various organizations including the Tobacco Round Table. He owned several businesses and real estate during his life including restaurants and rental properties. Tony was devoted to his family, and was a man who liked to do things his own way. This trait endeared him to the people who knew him well and came to love him. Although he only fathered five children, Tony became a beloved father figure to many, many others. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Fannie Civella; and son-in-law, John Sansone. Tony is survived by his wife of 55 years, Molly Civella; his children and their spouses, Carl and Bridget Civella, Nick A. Civella, Fanny-Jo Sansone, Vince and Savara Civella, Anthony T. Civella, Jr.; grandchildren, Molly Ann Civella, Stacie Civella, Tony Carl and Valerie Civella, Michael Sansone, Anthony Sansone, Anthony Joe Civella, Amalia Civella, Tony John Civella, Brianna Civella, Celia Civella, Zoe Stephens, Anthony T. Civella III, Francesca Civella, Spano Civella; great-grandchildren, Rianne Civella, Dante Civella, Nicolette Sansone; brother and sister-in-law, Carmen "Butch" and Barbara Civella; brothersin-law and sisters-in-law, Carl and Sandy DeLuna, Rosie and Ralph Siraguso, Frank and Sylvia DeLuna; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, with a special mention and heartfelt thank you to his physician and close friend Dr. John Cascone. Pallbearers: Carl J. Civella, Sam Mirabile, Nick Palmentere, Peter J. Ribaste, Nick Simone, Vince Siraguso, Mark Sorrentino. Honorary Pallbearers: Bennie Palmentere, John Sciortino, Paul Silvio, Pete Tamburello, Paul Varsalona. (Arr: Passantino Bros. Funeral Home (816) 471-2844)
Published in Kansas City Star from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2006
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