Anthony A. Quartuccio Sr. born November 1922 in Monreale, Sicily, came to California’s Santa Clara Valley in 1936 and resided in Paso Robles for the past 25 years, passed away October 16, 2011.
Tony was the loving husband of Alice Baro Quartuccio, loving father to Joseph and Anthony Quartuccio, daughters, Maryann Quartuccio, Janet Salciccia and Son-in-law Stephen Salciccia. Grandfather to Michael Salciccia (Anna), Frank Salciccia, and Catherine Bolinger (Zachary), Great Grandfather to Isabella, Natalia, and Michaela Salciccia. Loving brother to Joseph Quartuccio (Jennie), Rosemarie Coleman, and Margie Wagner (Jim). Brother-in-law to Nellie Martinez, Bernard, Roy, Edward, Jessie and Joseph Baro, Rose Sunseri, Joe Serio, and the late Frank Sunseri and Ann Serio. He was preceded in death by wife Catherine Quartuccio and parents Joseph and Jennie Quartuccio.
Tony’s artistic interests developed early. He received formal training at Jean Turner Art School in San Francisco, from various artists in the Bay area and was inspired by years of his international and domestic travels.
As an author and illustrator he was first published in the San Jose Mercury News at age 15.
His books include “Rambling through Baja California with Pen and Brush,” “Tony’s Guide to Better Painting,” Santa Clara Valley, an artist’s View,” “The Saints of California Landscape,” and “How I found Peace, Joy and Happiness in a World of Insanity.”
His paintings have appeared in numerous museums and private collections throughout the world including, San Jose, Lake Tahoe, Colorado Springs, Australia, Mexico, and Italy. He was the proud owner of his own “Mini Art Gallery” in San Jose California for a number of years. One of his most precious works was his mural of the Resurrection at Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose.
Tony was a member of many organizations throughout his life, including The Third Order of Saint Francis, Knights of Columbus, Cupertino Fine Arts League, San Jose Art League, Saint Michael’s Fraternity at Mission San Miguel. He honored his vows as a Lay Order Franciscan for 55 years.
He won the “People’s Choice Award 13th Edition of Who’s Who in California.” He worked for more than 20 years at Nasa/Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He proudly served his country in World War II in the Army Medical Core.
He remained an Ardent Evangelist for his Catholic Faith until his last day.
Rosary: Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Mission San Miguel.
Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Mission San Miguel. Burial to follow at Santa Margarita Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Mission San Miguel Restoration Fund in Memory of Anthony Quartuccio Sr. – 775 Mission Street, San Miguel, CA 93451-0069.
Services are under the direction of Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
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