Mr. Anthony Armento, longtime body building pioneer, physique champion, and gym instructor passed away on October 17, 2011 at the age of 92. Mr. Armento operated Armento's Health Studio and personally instructed thousands of men in the knowledge of body building, weight-lifting, and physical fitness programs for over 50 years in Detroit. He was the first man to be honored in Michigan for his physical development and symmetry in a competitive way, winning both the Mr. Detroit and Mr. Michigan physique titles for two consecutive years, 1942 and 1943. He was also the first national physique champion from Michigan, representing Michigan in the Mr. America contest in 1943, receiving a medal for his outstanding finish in this national event. Mr. Armento was actively involved in his physical fitness studio until August of 1995, when he retired. He was a man who was well thought of and respected by people who came to know him for he was genuinely interested in their welfare and well-being and even counseled them when they had problems. In his era, weight-training was not widely accepted by either the general public or the sports world. This was due to ignorance, based upon distortions and negative information of the truth. He lived the see the day when what he taught and believed in, progressive weight-training, has proven its worth and is now accepted everywhere to the benefit of all, those who pursue physical fitness as well as athletes who seek to improve their athletic abilities. Mr. Anthony Armento was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1919, one of five children. He was brought to Detroit when he was one year old and remained her e for the rest of his life. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Annie in 2009 and cherished daughter Donna in 1983. He is survived by his daughter, Gina (Steve) Jazowski and his grandsons, Matthew and Ryan. Visitation 4-8p.m. Wed. and 2-8p.m. Thur. at Edward Swanson and Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre (S. of 13 Mi. Rd.) Madison Hts. Instate 9:30a.m. Friday until time of funeral mass 10a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1067 E. Gardenia St. in Madison Hts. Private family burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.