First Posted: 2/3/2013
Anthony L. Ellis, 83, of Laflin, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Township, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Wilkes Barre, June 26, 1929, son of the late Peter and Rose Decker Ellis.
He attended GAR High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1956. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
Tony was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, and St. George Maronite Church, Wilkes Barre. He served on St. George Maronite Parish Council and was the recipient of the Massabki Award, and was a member of the Kassab Joseph Post. He owned and operated Anthony L. Ellis Scrap Metal Co. for more than 65 years.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Madeline Elias Ellis, 1976; Mary Jane Elias Ellis, 1984; sisters Margaret Morrin, Alyce Thomas, Sadie Osanni, Theresa Banashefski, Ann Shehwen and Jean Zuczek; one brother, Leo Ellis; stepdaughter Michele D'Eliseo, 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Virginia Lussi D'Eliseo Ellis; sons, Anthony Ellis and wife Beth, Mountain Top; Peter Ellis and wife Mary Ann, Bartonsville; stepsons, Ronald D'Eliseo and wife Brenda, Duryea; Anthony D'Eliseo and wife Angela, Laflin; stepdaughter Mary Ann Sromoski and husband Adam, West Pittston; sister Celia Thomas, Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gerald Gibbons, the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Wesley Village for the kind and compassionate care given to Tony during his illness.
The funeral was Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, with Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston.
Interment with military honors was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Earthly Angels, 140 Main St., 2nd Floor, Luzerne, PA 18709 which benefits autistic children.