Anthony P. "Cubby" Cipriano, 88, of Taylor, died Saturday at Regional Hospital of Scranton/VNA Hospice Unit. His wife of 65 years is Antoinette Antoinelli Cipriano.
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Born in Scranton on March 21, 1924, he was the son of the late Rocco and Philomena DeVito Cipriano. Educated in Scranton schools, he was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Phoenix in the South Pacific and had received the Pacific Theater Ribbon with six Battle Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of St. Lucy's Church, Teamsters Local 229 and retired from Roadway Trucking after more than 40 years as a truck driver.
Cubby was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and a friend to many and had a heart full of love. He enjoyed bowling, the NY Yankees, having his family at his home all through the warmer months for cookouts, swimming in the pool, card games good conversation and would be seen tending to his green grass all summer long in his shorts and being well-tanned. He also assisted at St. Rocco's Church in Dunmore with picnics, church dinners, fundraisers, and was a bearer for the statue of St. Rocco through the streets of Dunmore.
A heartfelt thank you is given to Roxanne Grizzanti, Anthony Killino, his godchildren, James Valvano and Charlotte Ward, along with the Allied Skilled Nursing staff, aides and nurses and Dr. Kurt Moran for the compassionate concern and care that was extended to Cubby and his family.
He is also survived by three sons, Louis Cipriano, Taylor; Anthony Cipriano and wife, Nancy, Moscow; and Thomas Cipriano and wife, Rose, Scranton; two daughters, Mary Ann Frable and husband, Larry, Old Forge; and Paula Kowalski and husband, Joseph, Taylor; a brother, the Rev. Joseph Cipriano, Dunmore; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister in-law, Ellen Cipriano, Dunmore; a brother-in-law, Charles Ardoline, Dunmore; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by seven siblings, Frances Golden, Mary Ardoline, John Cipriano, Louis Cipriano, who was killed in action during World War II, Rocco Cipriano, Benjamin Cipriano and Michael Cipriano.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., West Scranton, with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, West Scranton. Interment with military honors will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.
Viewing for family and friends will be Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m. Condolences: www.chomkofuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 10, 2013