Tony Dal Sasso
Anton “Tony” Dal Sasso, 86, of Orange, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange, with the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Born in Clinton, Ind., May 26, 1922, Tony was the son of Christopher and Madeline (Gromola) Dal Sasso.
He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., with degrees in history and economics and he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy Air Corps.
In 1955, Tony married Margaret E. Dunlevy, and upon moving to Orange founded Dal Sasso Enterprises. As a builder, he was involved in the construction of more than 4,000 homes, apartment complexes and many commercial projects in Orange and the surrounding area.
Tony was a member of the Lions Club, Orange Rotary, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and St. Mary Church. He was also a member of the Home Builders Association of Southeast Texas and a founding member of the Apartment Association of Southeast Texas.
Tony is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Dal Sasso; daughter, Chrisleigh Dal Sasso; grandchildren, Austin Reid Mellen and Madelyn Margaret Mellen; brother, Mario A. “Ray” Dal Sasso, all of Orange; and sister, Lynn Slagle of Tulsa, Okla.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Mello, Jerome Go, Chris Slagle, Kurt Slagle, Rod Dal Sasso and Harry Joe Wolf.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Howard Williams, Kelly Price, Hayward Go, Dr. Elwood Hood, Dr. Jim Cloud, Ernie Willey, Jack Murray and Stump Weatherford.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church, or to the St. Mary School Foundation, 912, W. Cherry Ave., Orange, 77630.