Anthony “Nanu” Franz, 78, of Koppel passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
Tony was born on Nov. 16, 1937 in Serra San Bruna, Italy to the late Frank and Carmella Valenti Semi. Anthony came to America in 1954. He worked for the Frank Ceriani Construction Co. in Beaver Falls until he retired in 1997. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Holy Name Society of the Holy Redeemer Parish. He also is a member of the Labor Union #833 in New Brighton.
Tony had built two homes for his wife and remolded two others. He and his wife had lived on River Rd. in North Sewickley Twp. for 46 years before moving to Koppel in August of 2015. Tony was an avid bowler, and was a member of the Beaver Valley Bowling League for many years at Sims Lanes. He also enjoyed watching his grandsons play baseball. Tony was loved by all who knew him and has left a large hole in all of their hearts.
Tony is survived by his wife, Shirley Piper Franze whom he married on Aug. 13, 1966, his 2 sons, Robert (Loree Kay) Franze, and Randy Franze, his son and daughter of the heart, Steven (Beth) Burcik of North Carolina, and Michael (John) Sabino of Koppel, his grandchildren, Joseph and Nicholas Horinka, John Sabino, Leah Franze, Zachary Burcik, and Christopher (Franze) Kroza, and his sister, Nazzerena Ariganello of Toronto, Canada.
He is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Dr. Woodrow and Linda Piper Krell, George “Butch” and Debbie Piper, Robin and Shirley Piper, Kathy Piper Gordon, and Jonathan and Jodi Piper Minteer, and his special pets, Casey, Corky, and Mr. Mooch. He was also a very special uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Bruna, his loving mother and father-in-law, George and Catherine Piper, his brothers-in-law, John Ariganello and Charles Sponsler, and his sister-in-law, Gail Piper Sponsler.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Members of the Holy Redeemer Church Holy Name Society are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday by 7:50 p.m. to conduct a service at 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 9:20 a.m. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Franze’s name may be made to the McGuire Home, 2101 St. Rt. 65, New Brighton 15066, or to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,