Served in U.S. Army during WWII
PEABODY — Anthony (“Tony”/”Joe”) Salvatore Cesareo, 93, of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea and Naples, Fla., died peacefully July 21.
The husband of the late Helen (Domenichello) R. Cesareo, Anthony was born on Aug. 4, 1920. He was the son of the late Stellario and Vincenza (Triffiletti) Cesareo. He was raised in Revere, graduating from Revere High School in 1940.
In 1942, Anthony proudly entered the U.S. Army. He bravely served in World War II in India and Okinawa, Japan as a high-speed manual radio operator with the 413th Signal Company. Upon honorable discharge in 1946, he received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Cesareo was a long time employee of Globe Nickel Plating Co., the City of Chelsea Park Department and Massport. Anthony was a member of the Local 157 Teamsters Union, the American Legion Naples, Fla., the VFW Saugus, the Knights of Columbus Chelsea and a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea.
Anthony loved music, singing, playing bocce, cooking, baking and being with his children and grandchildren. He also loved candy, cookies and Manhattans. Joe was best known for being the constant gentleman who always tipped his hat. He was a kind soul who continually helped others. He always showed unselfish dedication in his vocations, as well as to his friends and family. And, everyone always enjoyed his entertaining sense of humor and witty one-liners.
Anthony was the devoted husband of the late Helen Cesareo for 64 years, until her passing in 2011. He was the adored father of Carol J. Siuda and her husband Leonard of Melrose and Arlene M. Iannetti and her husband Mario of Peabody. Joe was a loving grandfather (Nonno) to Lauren J. D’Addario and her husband Glenn of Danvers; and grandsons Andrew M. Iannetti and Matthew A. Iannetti, both of Peabody. He was also the doting great-grandfather of Sophie J. and Stella M. D’Addario, also of Danvers. He was the dear brother of the late Joan, Josephine, Leo, Stellario “Larry,” Richard Cesareo, Katherine Stokes, Eleanor Pupolo and Lena Caissie; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and caregivers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea on July 28. Services concluded with Full Military Honors and Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 West Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago IL 60601 or at www.lung.org. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes, Chelsea.