Salvatore Anthony Moschella, 91, WWII vet, Manheim Auto Auction driver, enjoyed car shows

By on May 23, 2018

Salvatore Anthony “Tony” Moschella, 91, of Lititz formerly of Lakeland, Fla., passed away in his home surrounded by family on May 14, 2018.

Tony was the husband of the late Ellen (Cunningham) Moschella, who passed away on Dec. 27, 2002. Born in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Salvatore was a son of the late Philip and Margaret (Rizzo) Moschella.

He had three younger siblings: Mildred Brito of Ramsey N.J.; Charles Moschella (husband of Lee) of Wanaque, N.J.; and was preceded in death by brother Angelo Moschella.

Tony and Ellen had three children. Living are Tonianne Bertel (wife of Shawn) of Lititz; and Philip Moschella (husband of Louise) of Marietta, Ga. A daughter preceded him in death: Laura Moschella.

Tony had eight grandchildren: Jacqueline, Evan, Cameron, Anthony, Quinn, George, Charlie and William. He was preceded in death by a grandson: Justin Burnett. He also had two granddaughters-in-law: Desiree and Allison; and a grandson-in-law: Matthew, all of whom he loved like his own. He was blessed with four great-grandchildren: Savannah and Jackson Kretzer, and James and Maeve Bertel.

He was employed as a master bricklayer/foreman and retired in 1989 to Florida where he was an active volunteer with his homeowner’s association. He enjoyed traveling with his spouse and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tony especially enjoyed attending most of his grandchildren’s sporting events, and any time spent by the water. He loved to lend a hand in any home projects with his son and son-in-law. He was an avid car enthusiast and appreciated perusing the local car shows. Tony was a member of BAC Local Union No.1. After moving to Lititz, he joined the Manheim Auto Auction as a driver for five years.

Tony was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and served aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in the South Pacific Campaign.

He is a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. His ritual was to attend 9 a.m. mass and take his family out to breakfast afterward.

A mass of Christian burial was held May 19 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Lancaster, with Rev. Daniel Powell as celebrant. Interment with full military honors will take place at a later date in Calverton National Cemetery in Wading River, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tony’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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