Anthony Robert Luggiero
Anthony Robert Luggiero
  • April 3, 1924 - December 30, 2017
  • Alexandria, Virginia

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Anthony Luggiero, a longtime former resident of Lodi, N.J., died Dec. 30 in Alexandria, Va. He lived in Alexandria for the past year. He was born on April 3, 1924 in Lodi to Angelo and Mary Luggiero.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Second World War, Anthony served as a staff sergeant with an infantry antitank company in Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star and received two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a prisoner of war, held in three German stalags until near the end of the war. With Russian troops advancing from the East, the Germans withdrew from his final POW camp. They warned POWs to stay put and told them the camp was surrounded by armed Hitler Youth. After the Germans departed, Sgt. Luggiero retrieved his POW photo from the camp kommandant's desk and headed west on foot to rejoin American forces.

He was promoted to the rank of U.S. Army Technical Sergeant when he returned to the U.S. in the spring of 1945. Shortly after returning home he met the love of his life, Connie Quatrone of Garfield, N.J. They married in 1946 and lived in Lodi, N.J., for 70 years before moving to Alexandria. Connie died in October.

Family and friends enjoyed his humorous banter. He had an easy going nature, a calm and even-keeled approach to life that was a comfort and support to family. Anthony also was a skilled handyman - although his resolve to tackle any and all home projects sometimes tested his wife's patience.

Anthony is survived by two sons, Gary (Carla) of Alexandria, and Anthony (Theresa) of Sebastapol, Calif.; a grandson, Christopher of New York City; and sister Rosalie Pizzi of Maywood, N.J., and brother Raymond Luggiero of Naples, Fla. He is predeceased by brother Tom Luggiero.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, Virginia is handling the arrangements.