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Anthony Cistone

May 14, 1926 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Anthony Cistone Obituary

Anthony “Anthonio” Cistone, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth “Janet” Cistone (Ludlam) passed away October 14, 2023, in his home in the Maris Grove Senior Community in Glen Mills, PA. He is survived by his three children Cathy (Tim), Hockessin, DE., Stephen, Houston, TX and Susan, Newburgh, NY., along with six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Anthony was born on May 14, 1926, the 8th child and 2nd son of Anthony Cistone and Catherine Cistone (nee DeNicola). He attended Frankfort High School in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. In 1943 upon graduation at the age of 17, along with several of his buddies and the permission of his parents, he enlisted in the Navy.

Tony’s military service trained him as a sonar specialist, upon reaching Pearl Harbor, HI., he was retrained and reassigned as a radar specialist to the USS Revenge Mine Sweeper. Aboard the USS Revenge, Tony participated in multiple battles in the Pacific, including Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. As a mine sweeper ship, the USS Revenge was the first mine sweeper to enter Tokyo Bay prior to the Armistice. The ship was chosen by the Admiral not only because it was a mine sweeper, but also because of the name “USS Revenge.”

After being discharged from the Navy, in 1946, Anthony traveled across the country by train to Fort Bainbridge in Port Deposit, MD to “process out”. Upon returning to the family home in Philadelphia, he attended Temple University under the GI Bill. For several years he worked full-time and attended college, and in 1954 married Elizabeth. They enjoyed 63 years together raising 3 children and traveling the globe.

Anthony finally received his degree from Columbia University in New York City while being employed by IBM. He worked for IBM for 30 years in various locations in Westchester County, NY., and San Jose, CA.

While living in Ossining, NY and raising his family, Anthony attended the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining, where he became an Elder and Superintendent of the Sunday School. In 1980, he was transferred within IBM to San Jose, CA and attended the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, CA. He returned to NY to complete his career with IBM and retired in 1988 to Medford Lakes, NJ, where Tony learned the art of making stained glass and found his love of painting. During his retirement, Anthony and Janet attended the Moorestown Presbyterian Church and they were avid volunteers at Deborah Hospital in Browns Mills, NJ. In 2006, Anthony and Janet moved to Maris Grove Senior Community, Glen Mills, PA., where they attended the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA.

The family would like to thank Willow Tree Hospice for their guidance and compassion as we cared for dad.

Services will be private at the discretion of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Anthony can be made to: Stockton Maritime Museum, 4290 Cheroke Road, Stockton, CA 95215, for the restoration of the USS Lucid (MSO-458) and/or Homes for the Brave: ABRI, Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604.

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. of West Chester, PA 610-696-1181

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Stockton Maritime Museum
4290 Cheroke Road, Stockton CA 95215

Homes for the Brave
655 Park Ave, Bridgeport CT 06604


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