Anthony M. Buchko
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Anthony M. Buchko

Wall - After a lengthy battle with depression Anthony M. Buchko, 29 of Wall, NJ died by suicide on November 16, 2020. His tragic loss was unexpected, the family is devastated and will miss him dearly. Anthony was born in Trenton, NJ, and a graduate of Steinert High School. Anthony took pride in being a security guard for the New Jersey State Police and former personal trainer at the Jersey Strong Gym. He previously worked for the Mercer County Park System and the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

Anthony was known for his kind, genuine nature, spirit, quick wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed golfing, and spending time with his friends and family. His greatest joy in life was his family, and spending as much time with them as possible.

He was the dedicated and loving son of his beloved parents Donald Buchko, Jr. (deceased), Holly Lees, and David Leonardis; brother to his adored sister, Morgan McCleve (and Tyler McCleve); his brother Corey Buchko and his dog, the "Little Angel" Athena. Anthony is now in the loving arms of his beloved father, and his grandparents Irene & John "Jack" Kennedy. Anthony is survived by his grandparents Tom and Deb Lees (WI); and Don and Sherry Olson (AZ); his Aunt Carol Buchko (and Bill, NJ), Aunt Colleen Olson-Hicks (and Bobby AZ), Aunt Mary Colvin (NJ), Uncle John Buchko (and Leah TN), and Uncle Patrick Kennedy (NJ), Aunt Debbie Umhoefer (and Jeff, WI), Uncle Ken Olson (AZ), Uncle Kevin Olson (AZ), and Aunt Dawn Olson-Simpson (and Ray AZ), Uncle Mark Leonardis (and Danielle NJ) and Aunt Marianne Mangiaracina (and Lou NJ); he was the Godfather to his special nephew Emmett LeJeune, along with so many cousins and great cousins.

Contributions in memory of Anthony can be made to,, or in the name of his Godson Emmett LeJeune to, a center for Autism.

There will be calling hours on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 Whitehorse Avenue, Hamilton, NJ. There is a family prayer service from 3PM - 4PM. Due to COVID restrictions, only 35 people will allowed in the building for a celebration of life service, however, the prayer service will be available through Zoom. Please contact a family member for the link.

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Published in Asbury Park Press from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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December 29, 2020
Such sad news. Our heartfelt sympathy we send to your family during this very difficult and sad time. Daily may God give the help needed as you try to cope. Anthony is dearly missed.
The Kindred Family
December 12, 2020
Dear Holly and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Anthony's passing from this world. I will always remember him as that joyful, playful little blond boy, running and playing with Joey up and down our street. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with peace and strength as you move forward through this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Marie and Frank Santini and family
Marie Santini
December 8, 2020
To the family of Anthony, I would like to express my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. I met Anthony about eight years ago and I soon learned that he was a very personable young man who was a funny guy. I always enjoyed talking to him when at the MCPO. Please cherish the memories n know that he is in my prayers. Ray Stout
Ray Stout
November 24, 2020
Dear Anthony, I didn't know you but I could feel your depression. I lost my son Mike to suicide. He was 44. He was my first born. He died in January 2012. To this day I still ask why? It seems so unreal that he would take his life. But because of my belief in Jesus Christ, I am sure he is in Heaven and his earthly pain is gone. He comes to me in dreams and I talk to him almost daily. I hope my Mike will help you out and show you your new home. Try to return to your family through dreams and move items or hug them. This will assure them that you are okay. May you now find peace.
Gloria M.
November 23, 2020
Dear Holly,
Sending condolences to you and Morgan. Sending prayers and hugs to one of the sweetest families. May the Lord give you peace knowing that heaven got an Angel. From Rivera family! Ángel, Rosa, Anthony and Sara.
Rivera Family
November 23, 2020
Sending heartfelt condolences to Holly, Dave and family. May your sorrow be eased as you find comfort in your memories of Anthony and happier times.

Lora Fong
November 22, 2020
Holly, Very sorry fo your loss. Sending prayers.
Kim Geis
November 22, 2020
Everyday at the gym for about 2 years I’d have a conversation with Anthony , some were quick and lighthearted, others longer and deep. He always made my wife and I laugh, no matter how we were feeling. I will miss my friend and those conversations. My deepest sympathy to his friends and family in such a difficult time.
Ron Corneau
November 22, 2020
One of the most genuine people I’ve ever met and the nicest, I’m gonna miss him huge when the reality sinks in that he’s gone, love you brother Rest In Peace
Scott Pringle
November 22, 2020
I would like to give my condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss. The world lost a beautiful young man. I had the honor of being in Anthony’s presence while working at the justice complex in Trenton. He was working the front desk security. He stopped and talk to me everyday I was there. This made my whole day. Just laughing about old times. What a special young man. He will be missed by so many. God rest his soul
Anthony j Bucci
November 21, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to Holly and Dave. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss.
Jessica Oppenheim
November 21, 2020
Holy, Dave and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Kelley Rotondo
November 21, 2020
My heart goes out to Anthony's family, whom I know he loved fiercely! I thank you for your candid honesty in his obituary and bravery on the topic of suicide and depression. Awareness of this could save lives. It has reminded me to check in more with my friends and loved ones, instead of assuming they are fine because they are joking and smiling. I will miss his smile, jokes and overall friendship at Jersey Strong. He was a special kind of person.

Please send me the link for his services to so I can watch from home and save room for immediate family that deserve the seat.

I will continue to pray for you. I am so, so sorry for your pain.
Nicole Interrante
November 21, 2020
Holly, Morgan, and Dave,
My heart goes out to all of you!
I remember the day Anthony touched my heart. It was Morgan’s first time having her dental work done and Anthony came in the room with her to be by her side and help her through her first visit! He was a true big brother!
Let all the wonderful memories of Anthony help you through this. He forever live in your heart.
Sending my love, prayers and hugs.
Sherri Giordano
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