2010-10-28 / Obituaries


Anthony ‘Tony’ Vanaria, age 89, a life long resident of Brewster, died Monday, October 25, 2010, in Carmel.

Mr. Vanaria was born August 1, 1921 to Calogero and Concetta (Sutera) Vanaria.

He attended schools in Brewster before serving in the Army from August 21, 1942 to November 22, 1945. During his time in the 445th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Mr. Vanaria served in many campaigns including Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He participated in the battle of the Huertgen Forest in Germany and received many decorations and citations during his years served, including the Purple Heart.

On September 25, 1949 he married Denise Gilhooly at St. Joachim’s RC Church in Beacon, NY.

Mr. Vanaria was owner and operator of Vanaria Landscaping in Brewster from 1950 to 1970, working throughout the Westchester/Putnam area. He then became a real estate broker for VJF Reality in Brewster for 40 years. Mr. Vanaria was a third degree knight with the Knights of Columbus, St. Lawrence O’Toole Council, and a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, both of Brewster, as well as an avid Yankees fan.

Besides his wife Denise of 61 years, he is survived by two sons, Anthony J. Vanaria Jr. of Paris, France and Michael C. Vanaria of Boulder, CO; a grandson Nino Calogero Vanaria of Paris, France ;and four nieces. He was pre-deceased by a brother Vincent Vanaria in 2007, a sister Lena Bruschini in 2008, and a nephew Vincent Vanaria in 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 29, 2010 10am at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery. Friends may call at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster on Thursday from 4-8pm.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Tony’s memory may be made to Msgr. Edward A. McCabe Scholarship Fund, St. Lawrence O’Toole Council, Knights of Columbus,

P.O. Box 268, Brewster, NY 10509.

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