~~Anthony “Tony” Sibilia, 95, of Clark (formerly of Union) passed away at Overlook Hospital on January 7th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel, 1212 Kelly St, Union on Tuesday, January 13th at 10:15am. Interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park. Friends are invited to visit at Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home, 1100 Pine Ave. in Union on Sunday from 2 to 6pm and Monday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm.
Born in Nutley and raised in Newark, Tony lived in Union for 25 years before moving to Clark 35 years ago. His family had emigrated from Teora, Italy. He was a medic in the U.S. Army during WWII where he also took up boxing. Tony owned his own painting and contracting business in Union which he ran well into his 70’s. He was a 60 year member and fourth degree Knight, Knights of Columbus Union Council 4504. Tony was also a Cub Scout Master and longtime parishioner at St. Michael’s. He loved reading and history. Tony will be fondly remembered for his love and devotion to family and friends, his witty sense of humor but most of all his stories.
Tony was predeceased by his first wife Betty. He was the beloved husband of 35 years to Dzidra “Dee”. He was the loving father of Donna Olsen, Barbara Sibilia, Debbie Sibilia and Wayne Sibilia. He was the cherished grandfather of Kristen, Laurie, Scott, Corey and Daniel, great grandfather of Ralphie, Antonio and Michael, dear brother of Angelo, Jerry and Ellen DeGroot (John). He is also survived by his sister-in-law Marietta Sibilia as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his siblings, John, Yola, Geraldine, Josephine, and Marie. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to either Autism Speaks (autismspeaks.org) or K of C #4504, 1034 Jeanette Ave, Union, NJ 07083.
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