Anthony J. Smiraglia, 73, of Camp Hill, passed away on October 21, 2021, surrounded by family in Holy Spirit Hospital after a brief battle with brain cancer.
Tony is survived by his wife, Rauchelle Colio Smiraglia; his daughter, Christina Smiraglia, and son-in-law, Matthew Owen, of Arlington, MA; sisters Ann (Edward) Pollet and Joan (Rick) Mondo of Rochester, NY; nieces Cindy (Tom) Horn of Louisville, KY, Erin (Brandon) Warren of Rochester, NY, Shanda Georg and Dolores Dorsett of Alexandria, VA, Merriel Georg of Annandale, VA, Tina (Matthew) Reddington of Harper’s Ferry, WV; nephews Mark (Sara) Christman of Rochester, NY, Michael Pollet of Easton, PA, Christopher (Christine) Colio of Purcellville, VA, and John Georg Jr. of Frederick, MD; brother-in-law Lloyd (Jeannie) Colio of Annandale, VA; and a wonderful extended family.
Tony was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Institute and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and received his Master’s degree in Spanish Language & Literature from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he met Rauchelle, the love of his life. He taught Spanish and Italian in Bristol, PA and Syracuse, NY before transitioning into submarine contract negotiation for the U.S. Navy in Mechanicsburg, PA, where he worked for more than 30 years.
He enjoyed traveling with Rauchelle and other family members, having recently cruised the Danube River and visited Australia & New Zealand. Tony’s greatest love was his family; he kept in close contact with relatives near & far and doted on his feline family members, Sunset and Sienna. He pursued genealogical research to discover his Italian ancestors, expanding the family’s understanding of their history and connecting with family still in Italy. He also enjoyed landscape design, seasonal decoration, early American history, home improvement, and old movies. He could bring a smile to the face of any family member, friend, or new acquaintance with his gregarious warmth.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lucy (Sassone) Smiraglia, and sister-in-law Merriel-Jo Georg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association (www.als.org/donate), a cause Tony championed after the untimely loss of his mother to ALS.
Memorial Services will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3435 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Visitation will be on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 10am – 11am, followed by a funeral Mass, which will be livestreamed on the Church’s YouTube
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmk-1gzTinS_dKGGf-6cytg) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/goodshepcamphill) pages.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smiraglia family.