Anthony J. Gaetano, 76, of Jefferson Twp., died Thursday at VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton after an illness. His wife of 55 years is the former Patricia M. Barone.
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Born March 28, 1936, in Dunmore, son of the late Salvatore and Anna Glinsky Gaetano, he was a longtime member of St. Eulalia's Church, serving as a lector for many years. He was a graduate of Throop High School and an Army veteran serving with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1959 to 1962. He was employed by Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut from 1955 to 1967. Upon his return to Pennsylvania, he was employed by Vidal Electric in Throop, and before his retirement in 2010, he was employed as an electrician at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 26 years.
Over the years, Tony was involved with baseball as a coach for the Park City Little League, Park City, Conn., and the Jefferson Twp. Little League. He was very involved as a coach, manager and business manager with American Legion Post 579 baseball league for 35 years. Tony was associated with American Legion Post 274 of Gouldsboro and the John J. Michaels VFW Post 5207 in Daleville. Tony was a 2005 inductee of the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame and a former member of the Jefferson Twp. Lions serving as secretary and president.
Aside from his family, baseball was the "love of his life." He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Also surviving are two daughters, Renee Gaetano, Deltona, Fla.; and Gabrielle Gaetano, Jefferson Twp.; son, Anthony J. Gaetano Jr. and wife, Mary Lynn, Madison Twp.; four grandchildren, Edward A. Stempniak, Nicole Gaetano, Christopher A. Gaetano and Dominique Nicole; and a brother, Jerry Gaetano and wife, Marion, Clarks Summit.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Salvatore J. Gaetano.
Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Eulalia's Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment with military honors, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 579 Baseball Fund, 111 Church St., Moscow, PA 18444.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 14, 2012