Anthony J. Cognetti

Anthony J. Cognetti, Scranton, died Wednesday at the VNA Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife, the former Shirley Ann Weber, died in 1985.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Frank and Mary Paradise Cognetti, he was employed as a carpenter and worked with the Carpenters Local Union 645 before retirement. A proud Army veteran of World War II, he enjoyed talking about his many experiences during the war.

Tony was an avid gardener and an accomplished accordion player who loved to dance polkas. His carpentry skill was legendary, always striving for perfection. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend; all who knew him will dearly miss him.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to doctors Eric Smith, Gregory Cali, Eugene Haraysm, the entire staff on the 8th floor telemetry at Geisinger Community Medical Center and the VNA Hospice for the wonderful care and concern.

He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church until its closing, and most recently a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and a former member of the Ukrainian Club and several VFW posts.

Surviving are his longtime companion and caregiver, Helen Mokis, Scranton; son, Tony Cognetti Jr. and wife, Beth, Scranton; two daughters, Donna Archibald and husband, John, Clarks Summit; and Michele Eboli and husband, Danny, Dunmore; five grandchildren, Shaina McDermott and husband, Brennan; Matthew Cognetti, Brianna Cognetti, Elizabeth Archibald and Christina Eboli; a sister, Rose Boino, Scranton; two brothers, John and Victor Cognetti, both of Scranton; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Bruno, Frank, Joseph and Russell; and five sisters, Antoinette Miller, Theresa Ballog, Jane Boino, Frances Cognetti and Mary Cantafio.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. Interment with military honors will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Friends may call Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , 712 S. Keyser Ave, Taylor, PA 18517; St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or to the VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447.

Visit www.solfanellifio rillofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to send an online condolence.

Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 21, 2013