Anthony A. Raspa
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Anthony A. Raspa

AGE: 24 • Highland Park

Anthony A. Raspa died Saturday, May 30, 2015, at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ. He was 24 years old. Born in New Brunswick, Anthony was a lifelong Highland Park resident. He was very proud to be a member of the Highland Park community, where his father grew up. Anthony attended Irving and Bartle School and made lifelong friendships there. He completed his elementary education with his younger sisters at St. Matthias School in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, where he excelled in the classroom and participated in many community service activities. In 2008, Anthony graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, NJ. Bishop Ahr was a second home to Anthony, where he was a peer leader, played football, was captain of the wrestling team, and was honored to receive the "Greater Middlesex County Sportsmanship Award." He attended the University of Delaware, taking only 3 ½ years to earn his bachelor's degree in 2012. Anthony's appreciation for different cultures inspired him to travel to many third world countries as part of the "Around the World Study Abroad Program." Some of his fondest memories in college came from being on the Crew team and being a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity- the National Leadership Honor Society. Anthony was also the UDEL recipient of the "Leadership Student of Promise Award." A born leader, Anthony earned a spot in the 152nd New Jersey State Police Class, graduating in October of 2013. He was assigned to Troop "C" in Hamilton. He was so proud to become a NJ State Trooper. Trooper Raspa was a communicant of St. Matthias R.C. Church in Somerset. Anthony was devoted to his beloved family, loyal to his many friends and admired by all who knew him.

Surviving are his parents, Salvatore and Elizabeth (Diaz) Raspa of Highland Park; three sisters, Maria (Raspa) Millner and her husband Gordon Millner of North Brunswick, Stephanie Raspa and Christina Raspa, both of Highland Park; his paternal grandmother Mary (Maiorano) Raspa of Highland Park; his maternal grandmother Nilda (Perez) Diaz of North Bergen; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins who will never forget his beautiful smile. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather Anthony A. Raspa and his maternal grandfather Faustino "Rafael" Diaz.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. Matthias Church, 170 JFK Boulevard, Somerset, NJ 08873. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday at the church. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery in New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "The Anthony Raspa Memorial Fund" and should be sent to: State Troopers Fraternal Association, C/O The Anthony Raspa Memorial Fund, 2634 Highway 70, Manasquan, N.J. 08736. Arrangements are under the direction of Selover Funeral Home, North Brunswick.



Published by Home News Tribune from Jun. 2 to Jun. 4, 2015.
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I did not know Anthony Raspa personally. My sons knew him, were friends. I know his parents and his grandparents. My folks did lots of business with the Raspas over the years. It was always a good experience.

The apple does not fall far from the tree. Anthony made his career service in the public good, putting his life on the line daily, heroic in itself.

From Him we come and to Him we return. May God comfort this good and decent family. Ameen.
Sanford Pass
Friend
May 27, 2019
My prayers goes out to the family ofthis fine young soul may GOD give your the strength to go through this sad period.
M Alexander
June 6, 2015
What a very sad loss. Our family offers our deepest sympathy to the Raspa family.
June 5, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Raspa family on their terrible loss. Our prayers go out to you.
Jay & Darlene Paszamant
June 5, 2015
To Mary, the Raspa and Diaz families. I pray that God give you the strength to carry you all through this tragedy. There is an angel watching over all of you, that being Anthony.
I worked with Mary, Anthony's grandmother at E.R.Squibb. .........Families stay strong.........
MaryLou & Elliott Gerek-King
June 5, 2015
I am praying for your family to have peace and strength at this most difficult time. Sending you my deepest sympathies.
Donna Gabriel-Piergiorgi
June 4, 2015
My heartfelt condolences. Sending thoughts and prayers to all. Thank Anthony Raspa for you selfless service.
Jeannie Burke-Lebosky
June 4, 2015
Dear Elizabeth our thoughst and prayear are with you and your family.
Your high school friends Victor and Violeta (Bermudez) Pardo
June 4, 2015
The Cohen Family is praying for your family and offers sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time in your lives.
Steven Cohen
June 4, 2015
My condolences to the family. cant even imagine the difficult time this is for his parents. May God gives you the strength you need.
Dharmista Patel
June 4, 2015
Deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. May he rest in peace. Thank you Trooper Raspa for your service.
June 4, 2015
Our most sincere sympathy to the Raspa family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
katie Bornheimer
June 4, 2015
My condolences to the family. cant even imagine the difficult time this is for his parents. May God gives you the strength you need.
Dharmista Patel
June 4, 2015
To The Raspa Family:
We are sending you our love, prayers and deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time in your lives. Love
Jim, Diane, Dan & Nick Reno
June 4, 2015
Our heartfelt sympathies to the Raspa Family. Thank you for your service.
Oliva Family
June 4, 2015
Dear Sal and Elizabeth:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved son. I know you from shopping at the jewelry store and being the librarian at SGS when Elizabeth taught there. I share your pain for my son died prematurely. Words cannot express my sorrow at your loss. I hope your wonderful memories will help you some.
With deepest sympathy.
Lois Schochet Farrah
June 4, 2015
Elizabeth, Sal, Maria, Stephanie, Christina, Gordon
& the whole family,
Ava and I are sending you our
deepest heart feelings,empathy and gratitude, in this time of loss, for having known Anthony and your loving family through the Irving and Bartle School times❤ May Anthony's legacy
and your faith in this grief process make us all stronger!Peace & Love, John & Ava Marron
john marron
June 4, 2015
God Bless Officer Raspa. R.I.P.
June 4, 2015
Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Terri Thomas
June 4, 2015
Deepest sympathy, RIP.
June 4, 2015
RIP Trooper Raspa. Thank you for your service. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
June 4, 2015
May you rest in peace. Ellie from Edison
June 3, 2015
Elizabeth and The Raspa Family,
My deepest sympathies to the Raspa Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace.
Cathy Cosgrove
June 3, 2015
Thank you for Anthony's service and caring. We have our memories to keep in our hearts. God Bless
Faust Family
June 3, 2015
May u Rip young and handsome young man..Prayer to your familia and friends..Remember the great times and that beautiful Smile..rest now and watch over your love ones
Norma * Antonio
June 3, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. We are sorry for the loss and we send our heartfelt condolences. We are grateful for your son's service to our state. I know words cannot console you, but know that God will give you strength and courage to see you all through.

With our deepest sympathies,
The Goodman Family
(St. Matthias parishioners, SMS/BGA Alumni)
Carol Goodman
June 3, 2015
Sending you my deepest sympathy on the passing of your son, Anthony.
There are no words I can offer other than keep his memory alive through the stories and pictures from a life well lived.
You are in my thoughts.
Ana Garcia-Turner
June 3, 2015
What can I say when there is such a devasting loss. May God give you all the strength to go on. May he rest in peace.
Iliana Rodriguez(Quintanilla)
June 3, 2015
Sal and Elizabeth, we are so sorry for the loss of your son. We were so shocked to hear the tragic news. Our prayers are with you and the rest of your family.
John and Jo-Ann Stamile
June 3, 2015
A young live has been interrupted.
Words fall shorts of expressing my sorrow for your loss. My thoughts and Prayer to the family of Trooper Raspa.
May God's grace give you strength during this difficult time.
Luz Mercedes Tapia
June 3, 2015
So terribly sorry for your lost my dear childhood friends, may your angel son rest in peace! My prayers will consistently be with you and Anthony!
Francy Gonzalez
June 3, 2015
My condolences to the family. cant even imagine the difficult time this is for his parents. May God gives you the strength you need.
June 3, 2015
There are no words to express my most sincere condolences and the heart felt sorrow I feel for you. I can only say may God be with you and comfort you. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Marc Rothenberg
June 3, 2015
My son was lucky enough to have been in the same graduating class at the academy as Anthony. He said Anthony smiled through the whole process while most people grunted and couldn't wait for it to be over. I guess tells you what a devoted and strong person he was. I don't remember ever meeting him at the academy at graduation and I am truly sorry for that. If I could ask God to bring him back and take me in his place I truly would. I am fifty seven year old and have done everything I wanted to do in my life and if I haven't then shame on me. God guide Anthony to your heavenly kingdom and help his family to heal. God love you and rest in peace. Henry Grau Bayonne N.J.
Henry Grau
June 3, 2015
My heart breaks! I am blessed to have known him. What a horrific loss... May peace somehow find the Raspa Family.
Victoria Gorman (Magyar Bank)
June 3, 2015
A young life gone before his time. My prayers to the family
Ethel Giddings
June 3, 2015
Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. A life well lived, a life well remembered...as Anthony rests in The Lord's arms, may His peace sustain you.
Laura Batzel- Nutile
June 3, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Raspa Family. Officer Raspa, may you rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord in that place where there is no more pain, suffering or tears. God rest your soul.
cynthia calderon
June 3, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to
entire family.
A remarkable young man R.I.P
God has another Angel on his team. Charlotte & Vincenzo Puerari
Charlotte Puerari
June 3, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Raspa family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God be with you.
Your friends
Provident Bank
June 3, 2015
We had Anthony added to our Masses on the 2nd of June and will be again! Our deepest Sympathy Sal, Elizabeth, Fred, Mary, and all the Raspa Family! Strength and Peace be with you all!
Stu N Flo Palmeri
June 3, 2015
Heros are angels
al rosen
June 3, 2015
There are no words for such a tragic loss, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless all of you.

Lucille & Joe Milano
June 3, 2015
We are very sorry for your loss Trooper Raspa Worked with us on the Scudders Falls bridge providing traffic Safety for us Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission Maint Crew R I P Trooper Thank You for Service.
Dan Pasciullo Foreman
June 3, 2015
On behalf of myself and family we offer our sincere condolences to the family of Trooper Raspa. Our hearts go out to his family.

As the mother of a police officer, I cannot fathom the loss Trooper Raspa's family is feeling. May our loving God embrace hem and give them a blanket of comfort!


Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

May Almighty God give strength to all those left behind.

Rest in Peace Trooper Raspa!
Janet Grzegorek
June 3, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Raspa family on such a tragic loss. May God bless you in this difficult time.
Danielle
June 3, 2015
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Raspa family,may you cherish all those fond memories of Anthony.
Emil Bobev
June 3, 2015
Raspa Family,
My sincerest condolences to you all on the loss of your dear son Anthony. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Anthony A. Raspa. R.I.P. Thank you for your service!
Maryellen
June 3, 2015
Dear Raspa Family,

We are saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Anthony.

He died while protecting us, the citizens of the State of New Jersey.

Our prayers are with you at this most difficult and tragic time.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And if I should go before you,
Know that a part of me still remains.
You will not see me,
Yet I will be there walking beside you.

You will not touch me,
Yet I will live in your heart
And memory always.

Have faith that we will one day
Walk hand in hand in eternity.

Until then, live your life ~ for life is good ~
And know that I am with you.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Palumbo Family
June 3, 2015
May God Bless the Raspa family and give you strength in these hard times. Please know so many people are praying for you. God has received a beautiful angel and we who had the honor of meeting him are truly blessed.
Wilma Waters
June 2, 2015
Dear Sal and Elizabeth,

You probably don't remember me. I'm a friend of Nancy's and we had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago. (Elizabeth and I talked about growing up in Hudson County.) My heart breaks for you and your family. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Mike Kammer
June 2, 2015
My condolence to the raspa family my son is a highland park police officer and has told me what a wonderful son your son was my heart and prayers are with you my god bless you all in your time of loss
Debbie Shiffner
June 2, 2015
RIP Officer. Thank you so much for protecting us.
sheri
June 2, 2015
May God grant Anthony angel's wings and his family peace, comfort and strength. Nicole (Webb) Harris, Irving School, Highland Park, NJ
Nicole Harris
June 2, 2015
God bless and rest in peace!
Richard Walsh
June 2, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Raspa family. I never had the honor of meeting Anthony but I did grow up with his Grandmother Mary on Karsey Street. Thank you for your service and God Bless.
Jack Phadden
June 2, 2015
RIP...thank you for your service...
Kelli O
June 2, 2015
Lord please light the way to heaven for Anthony Raspa. Rest in Peace.
Julissa Cueto
June 2, 2015
hearth felt condolences to the entire family. Rita and Romano Valeri
June 2, 2015
"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who loved Anthony. May God lift you up to bring you comfort in the memories you shared with him in happier times. I wish there were words but I know well there just are not any words to take any of the pain you're feeling away. Please know we will remember Anthony for his smile and larger than life personality.
Lynn and Steve Wlazlo
June 2, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Raspa and Diaz families on the loss of such a lovely young man. Our hearts are broken. Much love to all.
Julissa and Oneida Cueto-Quevedo
June 2, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Raspa family over the loss of your beloved son Anthony. May you find some sense of peace and comfort in all those that are praying for you and your son. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Brooke Paskewich
June 2, 2015
Deep and sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of this fine young man. May God comfort you all and ease your grief as time goes by.
Sanford Pass
June 2, 2015
It's unfortunate times like this that we wonder what it's all for....
I'm so deeply sorry for your tragic loss.
~Brenda Gervis Leon
June 2, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Raspa family. Anthony and your entire family are in our prayers throughout this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Michael and Carol Ann Monahan and Family
June 2, 2015
My deepest condolences on your loss. Anthony was exceptional in every way. So many people are praying for you, his family. He will not be forgotten. Our families have known each other for so many years. We will not forget Anthony in our prayers.
(My grandfather was Captain Fred Scheidig, HPPD)
Lynda McGovern Stauffer
June 2, 2015
So very very sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. God Bless. Susan Apisa-Fischetti and family
June 2, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Raspa family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Lou & Marge Garthe
June 2, 2015
My prayers are with the raspa family whom i grew up with in Highland park and whom my parents were friends with. My sincere condolences
susan alai h.pk.class of 69
June 2, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The DeNicola Family
June 2, 2015
Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you all. We cannot imagine your loss and pain but can offer our hearts and prayers to you and all of your family. While we did not know Anthony as well as other members of the Family it does not lessen the heartfelt pain we feel for all of you and we will always keep you and your memories of your son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend in our hearts always.
Love Chris and Carol Sheridan
June 2, 2015
Many Prayers to the Raspa Family
Ed Karecki
June 2, 2015
Sorry for your loss at such an early age. I know your pain after losing my daughter 3 years ago at age 37. Keep holding on to God's unchanging hands and stay strong cause He will see you through. Weeping may endure for a night but "Joy" will come
rosemary grant
June 2, 2015
Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Diane Roskos
June 2, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to the Raspa Family.

Debbie & Lito Carrillo
June 2, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Pat Thomson
June 2, 2015
Sending our heartfelt condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Josette, Filomina & Marcello Reilly
June 2, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Anthony from his years wrestling with my son at Bishop Ahr. He was definitely one of my favorites - his personality, love of life and the sport as well as his respect for others always shining through. My deepest condolences - Tracey Bauer (McAuley)
Tracey Bauer (McAuley)
June 2, 2015
Rest in Peace, young Trooper- your watch is ended. Deepest condolences to the many family members and friends touched by this fine young man in a life so brief yet so full. Heaven is assured...
Mike Bolger
June 2, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the Raspa family.
Maureen Beahan
Maureen Beahan
June 2, 2015
My prayers are with Anthony. and Raspa family..this is a big loss...my heart is broken...
I love you All...
Ada Montesino
June 2, 2015
Dear Raspa Family

Please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers.
Andre & Rosemarie Mento
June 2, 2015
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Melody Kitson
June 2, 2015
On behalf of the Italian/American of Edison. Our deepest sympathy & prayers goes out to the entire Raspa family.
Laurie Twist-Stebila
June 2, 2015
So sorry for the passing of this officer....prayers to the family and friends....
DONNA SERVIDIO
June 2, 2015
My heart goes out to all of you. Love and prayers. He was such a wonderful young man.
Margaret Miller-Malley
June 2, 2015
Our hearts are broken, but Anthony will never be forgotten
Michel, Kate, Max,Pascale Vallee
June 2, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss, and my deepest sympathy and condolences..

Lisa (Cimino) Delaney
Lisa Delaney
June 2, 2015
We are stunned & saddened over your loss we Love you, thinking of you & are here for you
John, Jill, Jessica & Aaron Pica
June 2, 2015
A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our deepest condolences, Anthony will never be forgotten.
Gary & Jill Long
June 1, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of Anthony' passing. Unfortunately, Bob will be away from Tuesday til Thursday. Our hearts go out to you and Liz at this terribly difficult time. You are in our thought and prayers. Arlene & Bob Nora
Arlene & Bob Nora
June 1, 2015
So incredibly sorry. Words just cannot express the sorrow. Faith will miraculously carry you through. Our deepest condolences. Cindy & Gary
Cindy Maiorano
June 1, 2015
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