Anthony Giansante, 88, of Lockport, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Roccamorice, Italy, on November 8, 1925 to Luigi and Antoinette (DiGiovanni), he immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1939.
A World War II veteran, He served under General George S. Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. He met his wife of 67 years, Angela Dea (Rosati), when they were just children in Italy. They later were reunited in Lockport in 1940. After living briefly in Vineland, N.J, he and his wife settled in Lockport, starting Gi-Ro Dry Cleaners in 1955. They shared a timeless love, constantly supporting and looking after each other and raised nine children together.
Known for his tremendous generosity, he also was a devout Catholic who attended church whenever he could, often rising before the sun for an early morning Mass. He made his own wine, was a terrific dancer and had a unique ability to entertain an entire room with song. For many years, on Christmas Eve, he and his wife were able to get Santa Claus to visit their house in Lockport so their grandchildren could recite last-minute Christmas wishes and the entire living and dining area was filled with laughter, caroling and good food.
He was a highly skilled tailor, a trade he learned in Italy, and never fully retired from the business; up until recently, he could still be found sewing buttons at Gi-Ro. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge and an Italian American Club in Florida, where he and his wife spent many winters. He enjoyed running and playing Bocce, took up golf late in life and never lost his fighting spirit or sharp wit.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Augustino (Antoinette) Giansante. He is survived by his wife, Angela Dea (Rosati); children, Louis (Joan) of New York City, Maryanne (David) Edens of Rochester, MN, Joseph (Carol) of Saratoga Springs, Thomas (Patrice) of Santa Rosa, CA, David (Stacy) of Lockport, Rosanne (Barry) Brogan of Saranac Lake, Susanne (Richard) Russell of Amsterdam, Joanne (Howard) Bull of Lockport and Dianne (Mark) DiPasquale of Hamburg; sister, Anna Marie (Thomas) Rotondo; twenty-one grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.