Antonio Paonessa

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Antonio Paonessa

January 25, 1931 - December 02, 2018

Antonio Paonessa Antonio Paonessa, 87, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 25, 1931 in Pentone, Province of Cantanzaro, Calabra, Italy, he was the son of the late Tommaso and Maria (Lice) Paonessa.
Tony was raised and attended local schools in Italy. On June 21, 1952 he married Angiolina F. (Marino) Paonessa in their home town in Italy. Together with family, they moved to the United States on January 13, 1966 and settled in Niagara Falls, NY.
Since the early 1970's Tony has been the proprietor of Paonessa Construction Company, a masonry business serving Niagara County for over 40 years.
Mr. Paonessa enjoyed gardening, winemaking and meat curing. Above all he enjoyed spending time with his family who affectionately called him "Toto."
In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by his four children, Concettina (Bernard) Rotella, Maurizio J. (Maria T. Buzzeo) Paonessa, Joseph N. (Cathy Skurzewski) Paonessa and Antonella Paonessa; seven grandchildren, Anthony (Jamie) Rotella, Marisa (Joe) Sparacino, Gabrielle Paonessa, Adriana Paonessa, Marcanthony Paonessa, Gennaro Villella, Maria Villella; and step-grandson, Michael Villella. Antonio is also survived by five siblings in Italy, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Paonessa was predeceased by two siblings.
There will be NO PRIOR VISITATION. Antonio's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 5th at 12:30 PM in Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. (EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH). Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, Inc., 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY, 14094. Please visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.
Published on December 2, 2018
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