Anthony “Tony” F. Zappia, 92, of Mishawaka, passed away Monday evening, June 4, 2018, in Sanctuary at St. Paul’s, South Bend.
Tony was born May 11, 1926 in Mishawaka, a son of the late Frank and Rose (Fotia) Zappia, Sr. He was a 1945 graduate of Mishawaka High School. Tony served his country in the US Army during World War II. He fought under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in Germany. In 2015, Tony was pleased to attend Honor Flight for Veterans in Washington, D.C.
Tony’s employment over the years included Wheelabrator-Frye, Ball Band and Studebaker’s. He also owned and operated Zappia’s Package Liquor and Heads Together Beauty Salon in Mishawaka.
Tony was a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church. He was a member and at one time bartender at the DiLoreto Society. Tony was an avid Chicago Cubs fan as well as an avid Notre Dame Football fan and scrapbooker.
Tony’s surviving family includes three brothers, Joseph Zappia, Rocco (Sara) Zappia and Frank (Thelma) Zappia, Jr; a sister, Pam (Sherm) Deal; a brother-in-law, Joseph Catanzarite; a sister-in-law, Kay Zappia; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Saldana and Mary Catanzarite; two brothers, Patrick Zappia, Sr. and Dominic Zappia; and an infant brother, Antonio Zappia.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, June 8, in St. Monica Catholic Church, 225 W. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka, with Rev. Jacob Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by VFW 360/American Legion 161 Burial Squad.
Visitation is from 3 to 7 pm on Thursday in Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd Street, Mishawaka, with the Rosary being prayed at 7 pm. Visitation is also from 9 to 10 am Friday in church.
Memorials are suggested to St. Monica Catholic Church