Anthony DiFrancesco of Landenberg

Anthony (Tony) DiFrancesco, 84, of Landenberg, died Sunday, May 5, at Brandywine Living in Longwood in Kennett Square.

Anthony DiFrancesco

Born In Teramo,  Italy, he was the son of Giovanni and Angela DiFrancesco (Misticoni).

After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Tony found his way to Downingtown.  He began working different jobs while studying to become an American citizen.  He met his beautiful wife, Josephine Ciprietti, and began working in the mushroom industry with his father-in-law.  He went on to learn many trades including carpentry and pool building but went back to his most passionate, mushroom growing.  He built his passion into his own business in 1977 when he started DiFrancesco & Sons Mushrooms, ultimately living the American dream.

He enjoyed being an usher at St. Gabriel’s Church, gardening, traveling, driving his backhoe, digging holes, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Tony is survived by his children, Anthony DiFrancesco and his wife, Dana, Robert DiFrancesco and his wife, Renee, and Angela Crognale and her husband, Vince, all of Landenberg; his siblings, Domenic DiFrancesco (Elisa) of Italy, Michelina D’Anzi (Giuseppe) of Downingtown, Gilda Napoleone (Dante) of Downingtown, and Armando (Marisa) of Italy, and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Desirea, Anthony, Alyssa, Mia, Francesca, Natalie, and Michael, all of whom are his pride and joy.

He is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Josephine DiFrancesco, his parents Giovanni and Angela (Misticoni) DiFrancesco, his brothers Mario and Michael DiFrancesco.

You are invited to visit with Tony’s family from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at the Kuzo Funeral Home (610-444-4116), 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, and again from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale,  followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.

Entombment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA  19106, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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