Anthony "Tony" Scarantino Anthony "Tony" Scarantino

Anthony “Tony” Scarantino, 88, of Whitehall, formerly of Allentown, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Fellowship Manor. He was the beloved husband of Shirley A. (Readler) Scarantino. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on August 13, 2016. Born in Pittston, he was the son of the late James and Helen (Lauricella) Scarantino of San Cataldo, Sicily. A 1946 graduate of West Wyoming High School, Tony received his B.S. in Commerce and Finance from Wilkes University in 1956. He also took graduate courses at the University of Virginia, University of Colorado and Syracuse University. A Korean War Veteran, Tony enlisted in the Air Force in 1950, attended Officer Candidate School and served in an intelligence unit in Germany. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in 1954. Tony began his career in finance at the former Miners National Bank, Wilkes-Barre. In 1965 he took a position with the former General Acceptance Corp., Allentown and stayed with its successors until his retirement as Vice President from the Chrysler First Financial Corp. in 1993. After retirement, he became active in AARP and its State Legislative Committee having served as its Chair for 2 years. He was a former member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors and served as its Chair for 2 years. Tony was active in many organizations in the Lehigh Valley including: The Allentown Water Authority, Big Brothers, The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and KidsPeace. He was a member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown and a former member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown. He was also a Sunday School teacher at both churches.

Survivors: Wife, Shirley; children, James R. Scarantino and his wife Kara Kellogg of Port Townsend, WA, Valerie Ann Scarantino-Monick wife of Jack Monick of Dallas, David Anthony Scarantino of Whitehall, Jennifer Nadine Richardson of Allentown; grandchildren, Kaitlin Sarah wife of Kevin Sickle of Kingston, Corrine Monick of Luzerne, Morgan Richardson of Allentown; great grandchildren, Anna Zomerfeld and Steven Zomerfeld.

Memorial Service 2:00PM Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104. Call 1 to 2:00PM Sunday, April 2, 2017 in the church. Interment in the church memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Tony’s memory to the Youth Program at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.

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