Sunday, 16 June 2013: Anthony Joseph DeStefano "Mousey/ Maxie", 76 years old of Universal City, TX since 2007. Son of the late Bridget and Joe DeStefano; Tony worked and resided in East Hanover, N.J. with his wife of 47 years, Margaret R. Ziadie prior to relocating to Texas. Tony left high school to serve in the Army in 1954 and was stationed in Alaska. He carried on his father's refinishing trade until branching off in 1976 with his own successful refinishing business. Tony was an enthusiastic sports fan, dedicated to the New York Giants and the Mets. His passion of sports extended well beyond being a fan; Tony actively played many sports such as snow skiing, golf, baseball, and softball well into the over-50 leagues. Not only was Tony known for his craftsmanship, trade skills, athleticism, love for antique cars and his wife's Italian cooking, he was also well known for his unmatched story-telling character, dependable sense of humor, and ready and willingness to selflessly come to the aid of family and friends whenever there was a need. Tony held an honorable position within the Knights of Columbus as a 3rd degree knight- serving God and community, as part of the society of "Catholic men of faith, and men of action". Tony's steadfast sincerity, compassion, and integrity, was evident in his every expression of his every day of life. For his moral character and selfless values, God has been pleased with His precious son, Tony. For his strength in heart and principles, God has smiled upon His precious son. For his sacrifices, service and commitments, God has embraced His precious son; all the days of his life. And for Tony's expression of his love for God and for his expression of understanding how God has so loved and blessed him, Tony is graced and lifted from this first journey of living, to begin life brand new, again, in His place of Perfection – made of love and light, and peace, and freedom- that Christ has prepared so purposefully for him.
Anthony J. DeStefano is survived by his wife, Margaret Rose, daughter Danielle, grandson Shane, brother Joe, Sister-in-laws Barbara D., Charmaine C., and Isis T., Aunts, Uncles, and extensive line of dear friends and family. Tony will be most greatly missed by all of these and more. His tangible presence will too be missed; but his space will be filled by his legacies and remaining love.
A Visitation will be on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5 - 8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home. A service will be held at Colonial Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10 Am. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations for "Papa" may be made and sent to the following college fund for the benefit of (FBO) grandson Shane Anthony DeStefano:
MERRILL LYNCH FBO SHANE DESTEFANO
200 CONCORD PLAZA SUITE 100
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78216