Anthony “Tony” “Poppy” Leon Bralczyk of Maris Grove Retirement Community in Glen Mills, PA was called home to his Lord on November 24, 2022 at the age of 84.
Tony was born in Shenandoah, PA to Anthony Bralczyk, a coal miner and Constance Bralczyk, a homemaker. The youngest of seven children, Tony attended Girard College for Boys in Philadelphia where he was Senior Student Body President and V.P. of the National Honor Society and graduated in 1956. After high school he entered the then new field of data processing as part of the first generation of computer programmers at an industrial company in Philadelphia. He married Dolores Lillian Minka of Chester, PA in 1962. Tony attended La Salle College graduating in 1966 with a B.S in General Business. He retired from a long career in business software in 2004.
Tony and Dolores moved to Aston, PA in 1969 where they happily raised four children and lived for over 53 years. The family faithfully worshipped at The Church of St. Joseph in Aston. He adored his wife Dolores his beloved “Hon”, and cherished time with family, particularly with his grandchildren. He always looked forward to pancakes on the weekend, an early morning drive for fresh donuts and coffee, and cocktails with close friends. A natural host and entertainer he always knew how to put guests at ease, usually starting with a gimlet. Tony was an avid reader of all subjects and enjoyed crossword puzzles, making his own wine, and baking bread for the holidays (his famous “poppy bread”) which was eagerly anticipated by his family. He will be especially remembered for his love of Girard College and his Girard classmates. For his devotion to them, he was awarded the Girard College Alumni Award of Merit in 2019. Tony was a kind, gentle man. If you knew him, you loved him and he will be deeply missed by all.
In addition to his wife with whom he recently celebrated 60 years of marriage, he is survived by a daughter, Leslie Petrick and her husband, Paul of Avondale, PA; three sons: Gregory and his wife, Trish of Drexel Hill, PA; Timothy and his husband, Martin Torre of New York, NY; and Todd Thurston-Bralczyk and his husband, Brian of London, England; seven grandchildren: Alexander and his fiancé, Molly; Nicholas and his fiancé, Alyssa; Matthew and his wife, Megan; Olivia, Mackenzie, Anthony, and Daniel, and his many nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by his brother, Charles Bralczyk and his five sisters Bertha Zuber, Helen Richards, Stella Steslow, Florence Piaskowski, and Theresa Sefcik.
You are invited to visit with Anthony’s family and friends from 4:00-6:00PM Sunday, December 4th, 2022 at D'Anjolell Funeral Home of Aston, 3260 Concord Rd. Aston, PA 19014, and from 9:00-10:00AM Monday, December 5th at The Church of St. Joseph, 3255 Concord Rd. Aston, PA 19014. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00AM Monday at the church. Burial will follow the Mass at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Girard College https://www.girardcollege.edu/support/online-giving/ or Healthwell Foundation www.healthwellfoundation.org
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