Anthony J. Merolla, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, died on December 11, 2022. He was 93.
Mr. Merolla was born on December 28, 1928 in the Bronx to the late Luca and Maria (Cuomo) Merolla. On January 13, 1951 he married Marie (Tellone). She died on March 30, 2022. He served in the United States Army and retired as a Colonel from the Army Reserves. He was a parishioner of St. Clare’s Church and served as the Executive Secretary of the Archdiocesan Union of the Holy Name Society.
He is survived by his son Anthony and his wife Deborah; his daughter Maryann and her husband Vincent; his daughter Patricia; his grandchildren Melissa, Lauren, Jennifer, Luke, Josette, Natalie, Dylan; great grandchildren Jonathan, Christina, Adrianna, Bradley, Brielle, Brandon, Charlotte and Jack; and his two brothers Joseph and his wife Jane, and Gerard and his wife Linda.
Visiting will be Thursday from 4-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends wishing to attend the services virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during visitation hours Merolla Virtual Visitation Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10am at St. Clare’s Church, 1918 Paulding Avenue, Bronx. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne.
There will never be another Anthony Merolla. He embodied the spirit of the Holy Name Society. Anthony was my mentor and via The HNS Bulletin, enabled all Holy Name Societies to see what each one was doing. He gave the St. Francis Xavier HNS’ Lenten Fundraiser publicity, and his stories in The Bulletin were worthy of the New York Times. Anthony told of Rosary Rallies in the old Polo Grounds. He will be deeply missed. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Luke, your grandfather is going straight to Heaven. I am sure he will meet Blessed John of Vercelli and write his story for Heaven’s HNS Bulletin.
Uncle Tony, I always loved talking about the Giants with you and I loved how interested you always were in everything I was doing at work and at home. Your steadfast dedication to the Holy Name Society bulletin was so impressive and inspiring. I was amazed when you showed me your setup in the basement and your systems to get them done on time for the parishioners of the Church. You and Aunt Marie will always be remembered for your incredibly loving, thoughtful, and caring nature – which you blessed our family with.