Anthony Gerard Christopher
Anthony Gerard Christopher, 86, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Newtown.
Born in Lock Haven on Feb. 14, 1930, to Alfonso and Mary (Delgrippo) Christofaro, Anthony was a shoe maker for over 70 years. He started helping his uncle when he was eight years old. He was a lifelong resident of Lock Haven.
He joins his wife Ruth (Motter) Christopher, who died Oct. 23, 2014, his brothers Louie and Butch Christopher, and sister Lucy Rotegliano. He is survived by his daughter Karen Hess, son-in-law Will Hess from Yardley, and their two children, Kaitlyn Hess from Yardley and Courtney Hess from Bloomfield, Conn.; his daughter Diann Hummel, son-in-law Walt Hummel from Fairfield, and their three children, Lauren Hummel from Roanoke, Va., Brittany Hummel from Lancaster, and Brandon Hummel from Fairfield; his sisters Carmel Pagnotto from Jersey Shore and Louise Yarnell from Elmira, N.Y.; and many relatives.
In his early years, Anthony would help his uncle, Mike Delgrippo, in the shoe shop on Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven. He also worked at the A&P in the produce department. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1951 as part of the Quartermaster Corps.
After serving in the Army, Anthony came home and worked in Carmen Russo’s Shoe Repair Shop on Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in business. Over the years, he was a Sons of Italy trustee and loved taking care of the campground.
A funeral service will be held at St. Agnes in Lock Haven on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. followed by a burial at St. Agnes Cemetery.