Anthony “Tony” Manali Sr., 93, of Anna Maria, died peacefully at home Sept. 24. He was born the youngest of six siblings in Tampa Nov. 15, 1923, to Charles and Nancy (Sciambra) Manali,.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he married the love of his life, Carmen Caltagirone, Oct. 12, 1947. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary in a few weeks.
As a young man, Mr. Manali worked as a bookkeeper in his family’s grocery store, Charlie’s Market, in Ybor City.
Tony’s love for Anna Maria Island began in the early 1940s, when he was able to pursue his great passion — fishing. He was especially noted for his expertise in catching pompano and, in fact, he was held in high esteem by many pompano fishermen.
The family eventually moved to the Island to reside full-time in 1963. He and Carmen owned and operated the former Anthony’s Restaurant at the corner of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
In his retirement, he enjoyed staying close to home. He was a generous, open-minded, kind, quiet, honest man who had good instincts, a great sense of humor … and a love for mangoes and poker.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St., Bradenton. The memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Condolences may be made online at www.BrownandSonsfuneral.com
Mr. Manali is survived by his wife, Carmen; children Angela Calabro, Nancy Manali Leonardo, Anthony and wife JoAnn; grandchildren Christina and husband Andres, Tolomei Lisa and husband Jason Bennett, Marc, Tony Calabro, Angela Leonardo, Anna Leonardo, Lori; and great grandchildren Isabella, Ella, Sofia, Ashton, Luca and Mila.
The family sends its heartfelt thanks to caregivers Elsa Tello and Sheryl Henken, Pat Webster of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Irv Becker, M.D., of Sarasota, and the nurses and staff of Tidewell Hospice for their kind and thoughtful care during Mr. Manali’s illness.
Elaine Grace Newhart, 72, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 13.
She was born Sept. 22, 1944, in Annville, Pennsylvania, to John and Jayne Salem.
After graduating from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, she moved to Sarasota, where she met Barry Newhart, her husband of 52 years, and taught elementary school.
She and her husband settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they raised their son and two daughters.
She sacrificed her needs for the good of her family and loved ones. She was a patient, supportive and encouraging woman and she relished being a mother and grandmother.
She loved learning, gardening, music, reading, playing games, laughing and spending time with her family and friends. Many loved her, and her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.
She is survived by husband Barry; daughter Torry and husband Carmine Vitolo; son Bryson; daughter Lauren and husband Colin Bourgoing; and granddaughters Zoé and Ella.