Anthony Cata­lan­otto Jr.

Albuquerque Journal - - OBITUARIES -

Rio Ran­choAn­thony Cata­lan­otto Jr., 84, died Tues­day morn­ing June 19th, 2018, at home sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily af­ter a pro­longed bat­tle with pan­cre­atic cancer. He is sur­vived by the love of his life, Vir­ginia Cata­lan­otto, his wife of sixty- two years. Also sur­viv­ing are his five chil­dren, Anthony III (Kath­leen) of Santa Fe; Peter (Sarah) of Brook­lyn, NY; Paul (Madeline) of Brook­lyn, NY, Louisean (Daniel) of Pittstown, NJ; Nancy (David) of Rio Ran­cho and eleven grand­chil­dren, Michelle and Mariko; Chelsea; Nina and Jake; Joshua and Jes­sica; An­gelina, Vic­tor, David Jr. and Michael.

He is also sur­vived by his brother Frank (Grace) Cata­lan­otto of Rio Ran­cho.

Anthony Cata­lan­otto Jr. was born March 1, 1934, in Brook­lyn, NY, the youngest of four chil­dren of Anthony and Christina Cata­lan­otto. He grad­u­ated from The New York School of Print­ing and af­ter mov­ing his fam­ily to East North­port, NY, worked at Cathe­dral Arts print shop. Anthony was adept with his hands, whether gar­den­ing or building ev­ery­thing from ham­pers to campers. In 1994, he and Vir­ginia moved to Rio Ran­cho where they be­came ac­tive mem­bers of the Mead­owlark Se­nior Cen­ter. For twenty years, Anthony was a vol­un­teer driver for the cen­ter and ar­ranged the monthly din­ner clubs at var­i­ous restau­rants. He also started the ping­pong league in which he was an avid and te­na­cious player, win­ning open tour­na­ments as re­cently as 2017.

Most of all, Anthony was a devoted hus­band and fa­ther, who of­ten worked two jobs to pro­vide for his fam­ily, his great­est pride.

He was a cham­pion of the un­der­dog and like his idol, Rocky Mar­ciano, be­lieved there wasn’t any­thing an un­yield­ing work ethic couldn’t ac­com­plish.

In his final years, Anthony’s courage and in­tegrity were an in­spi­ra­tion to all who knew and loved him.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Anthony’s life will be held on Satur­day, July 21st, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Daniels Fam­ily Fu­neral Ser­vices/ Sara Road Chapel lo­cated at 4310 Sara Road in Rio Ran­cho, (505) 892-9920.

Do­na­tions can be made in mem­ory of Anthony Cata­lan­otto Jr. to the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety.

His Fam­ily is es­pe­cially grate­ful to the en­tire staff and vol­un­teers of the Ted and Mar­garet Jor­gensen Cancer Cen­ter at Pres­by­te­rian Rust Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Rio Ran­cho for their kind­ness and care.

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