HORNELL-Anthony J. “Tony” Cavalletti, 93, of Hornell, passed away, after a short illness, early Sunday morning (Dec. 4, 2016) under the care of Hospice in the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Born in Hornell on Aug. 20, 1923, he was a son of the late Angelo and Antonia (Picchiotti) Cavalletti. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, the former Mary Agnes Didas, who passed away on Oct. 25, 2010; his brother and sister-in-law, August “Augie” and Violet Cavalletti; his three sisters and brothers-in-law, Rena and Joseph Florence, Elizabeth and Philip Lecceardone and Rose and Arthur Carpenter; his three nephews, David and John Cavalletti and Robert Carpenter; also his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Corrine and James “Jim” Prunoske.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, Tony attended Hornell High School and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II with the 10th Mountain Infantry Battalion from 1943 to his Honorable Discharge in 1945 as a Private First Class (PFC). He was a recipient of the Good Conduct Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Ribbon with 3 Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, during the Po Valley Campaign.
At one time he was employed with the former Erie Railroad in Hornell before he became a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Union Local No. 3, the Rochester, N.Y. Chapter and began his career as a mason, retiring from several constructions companies in the local area.
Tony attended St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell and was also a member of the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell.
Throughout the years Tony enjoyed hunting, fishing and “inventing” various items. He will especially be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor as well as his “Hollywood” style attire, seldom finding him without wearing a shirt and tie.
His loving family includes his two daughters, Karen Heckel and Peg Hudacsek both of Canisteo; his grandson, Peter Heckel of Hornell; his great-granddaughter, Sadie Heckel of Hornell; his sister-in-law, Sr. Mary Leona Didas, RSM of Rochester; also several nieces and nephews.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Anthony J. “Tony” Cavalletti.
To honor his wishes there will be no calling hours. A private funeral service, with military honors, will be held at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell at the convenience of his family, with the Rev. Peter Anglaaere officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to their favorite charity.
The United State flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Tony’s military service during World War II.
Online condolences or remembrances of Tony are welcomed at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home.