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Anthony F Castranova
January 21, 2024
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Anthony F. Castranova of Boardman, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 21, at age 94.
A life-long resident of the Youngstown area, he was deeply committed to his large family; the local Boy Scouts, having served for several years as a scoutmaster; and to his poker and bocce groups.
Tony — known to his siblings and many nieces and nephews as Uncle Boss — could spend hours sharing stories of his family and relating tales of his own childhood on Youngstown’s east side.
He was a graduate of East High School. Over his professional life Tony managed Wilson’s Shoe Store in downtown Youngstown, as well as the shoe departments in Consolidated Warehouse and stores for Lustig’s Shoes and Crown Shoes.
He was a leader of the retailers group at Boardman Plaza.
But his strongest devotion and love was for his wife of 69 years, Jean (Miller) Castranova, who died in 2019. He cared for her at their home during the final year of her life.
Throughout their marriage, Tony and Jean loved to dance. A video of them dancing at a wedding went viral online.
His parents were Angelo and Catherine (Renaldy) Castranova of Youngstown. He also was proceeded in death by his sister Mary Scacchetti and brother James “Uncle Babe” Castranova.
Tony is survived by his sister, Patricia “Patti” Costanza; his two sons, Michael Chevy Castranova and wife Melisa Williams of Missouri, and Daniel Castranova and wife Iris Castranova of Florida; his three granddaughters, Marie Boyle and her husband Ryan Boyle, Stephanie Castranova and Samantha Castranova; his two great grandchildren, Anne and Nicholas Boyle; and, by his count, approximately 100 nieces, nephews and their families.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Edward J. Fox and Sons Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at St. Charles Boromeo Church, 7345 Crestview Dr., Boardman, where Tony was a member for many years.