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Anthony T. LaRusso, Sr.
August 3, 1928 - June 28, 2016
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Anthony T. LaRusso, Sr., age 87, passed away Tuesday at home, after an illness. He was preceded in death by his best friend and wife of 59 years, Marjorie Knecht LaRusso, in 2013.
Born August 3, 1928, son of the late Salvatore and Anna Musso LaRusso, Anthony was raised in New York City. He moved the family to Spotswood, NJ in 1961 and worked as Supervisor of Vital Records for Johnson & Johnson, retiring in 1986. He was very active in the community there, holding various positions in local government. A resident of Moosic since 1976, he and his wife were members of Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton.
He found great enjoyment in music, dance and theater, once a professional ballet dancer; later involved in the local theater community as an actor or director for many years. He was involved with the Providence and Scranton Public Theaters, to name a few. He was also a member of the Moosic Masonic Lodge F&AM #664.
A loving father to five, he also adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anthony received loving, compassionate care from the nursing staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart as well as his family for the last few months. He’s now at peace as he’s reunited with his beloved wife Marjorie.
He is survived by his children; Rosanne LaRusso-Kolberg of Columbia, SC; Lynn Spiecker of Monroe Twp, NJ; Anthony LaRusso Jr. and wife, Marion of Scranton; Lisa Wilkins and husband, Richard of Lake Winola; and Phyllis LaRusso of Old Forge; four siblings, Michael LaRusso of N.Y., Rose Smith of FL., Marie Zugnoni of CA., and Anna Undello of NY; nine grandchildren; Adam; Eric; Brianna; Nicholas; Ryan; Angela; Raymond; Naomi and Zachary; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Siblings, Joseph and Julia, preceded him in death.
Memorial services are scheduled for Friday at 3:00 PM in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, to be concelebrated by Rev. Howard Woodruff and Dan Swartz. Relatives and friends may pay their respects between 2-3:00 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Anthony’s name to either Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, # 7, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 18702; Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, Pa., 18508; or to The Boys’ Club of New York Administrative Office, 287 East 10th Street, New York, N.Y., 10009.