Anthony Joseph Sberna

May 24, 1920 - May 2, 2013


Anthony Joseph Sberna, 92, of Bellevue, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his home. 

He was born May 24, 1920, in Bellevue, a son of William and Grace Sberna. 

He married Marjorie (Nobles) on Nov. 23, 1946, in Bellevue.

Tony was a farmer and salesmen. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and Club Amer-Ital. He enjoyed bowling and was known by many children in town as the “tootsie roll man”. In 2005, he authored “Ohio Cities Criss-Cross Reference Directories.” In 2010 he set the world record for deadlifting 207 lbs. at the age of 89.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, Marjorie, he is survived by three daughters, Margaret (Gene) Welty, of Bowling Green, Ohio, Grace (Jim) Middleswarth, of Bellevue and Joletta (Dennis) Flannigan, of Fairfield, Ohio; three sons, Joseph (Kathy) Sberna, of Cincinnati, Ted (Sandi) Sberna, of Georgetown, Ky., and Walter (Tammy) Sberna, of Bellevue; one brother, Carl (Marcia) Sberna, of Bellevue; and sisters, Caroline Dragotta, Mildred Dragotta and Phyllis (Sam) Fricano, all of Milwaukee, Josie Dorfmeyer, of Toledo, and Mary Macias, of South Bend, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his sons, William “Butch” and Anthony J. Jr.; a great-grandson, Tyler; his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

Friends will be received 3-7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Foos and Foos Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 6, at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue. Burial will follow at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Father Bishop Tuition Fund, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue, OH 44811.

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