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Wappingers Falls - Anselm "Pete" J. Avignone, 85 years old, a resident of Wappingers Falls, died peacefully at home on Thursday, October 11, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 6, 1926 in Union City, NJ and was the son of the late Peter and Isabella Pasqual Avignone.
Anselm attended a one-room schoolhouse in Gay Head school district in Hopewell Junction and then graduated from Emerson High School in New Jersey. As a young man, he was a semi-professional drummer, playing in New York City and New Jersey. He loved big band music. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then was drafted by the US Army during WWII, stationed in Hawaii. On January 22, 1949, he married Stephanie C. Gichan at the Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus, NJ. They were married for 61 years before Mrs. Avignone predeceased him on May 9, 2010.
Prior to moving to Wappingers Falls in 1969 to further raise his family, Anselm and his family lived in Secaucus, NJ then Flemington, NJ, where he was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a Little League Coach. He worked in New York City as a Local #780 cement finisher and worked on the United Nations and Madison Square Garden before moving to Wappingers Falls, where he became a member of BAC Local #5. He attended Dutchess Community College and Newark College of Engineering. Alongside his wife, he co-founded Poughkeepsie Concrete where he was the supervisor and chief estimator and supervised numerous construction projects throughout the Hudson Valley.
Anselm is survived by his loving children, John M. Avignone of Wappingers Falls, Steven P. Avignone of Wappingers Falls and Joan M. Avignone Smith and her husband, Russell, of Hopewell Junction; five grandchildren, Monica Avignone, Kristen Avignone, Russell Smith, Jenavieve Smith and Arthur Busick; his brother-in-law, Lawrence Gichan of NJ; nieces and nephews, Donna Neralich, Carol Floriani, Gregory Gichan, Alex Gichan, Patricia Maginsky, Larry Gichan and Michelle Reyes and several grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Ada Trainor.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Doug and Donna Neralich and Carol Floriani for their love and support during Dad's illness. Also a special thank you to Hospice of Dutchess County for their support and assistance.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2 - 6 pm at the Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 1028 Main St., Fishkill, NY. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 15th at 10 am at the funeral home, followed by burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery with full military honors.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice, Inc., 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 in Anselm's memory. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hudsonvalleyfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2012