Died: October 18, 2012
Richard P. Lanza passed away Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, his residence with his devoted wife by his side. He was 92. Born and raised in Bristol Borough, he was co-founder and operator of A. Lanza & Sons Family Bakery in Bristol. He was a World War II U.S. Army Staff Sgt. and Air Corps veteran. Mr. Lanza was a faithful parishioner. He enjoyed music, dancing and singing. Known for his kind-hearted personality, he was always good for a joke and had the ability to make anyone smile. He was a dedicated and loving father and grandfather, and loved to spend time with his family; especially trips to the Jersey Shore with Tastykakes and a can of coke on the beach followed by a sausage and peppers sandwich on the boardwalk. He was preceded in death by his parents Alesio and Catherine Lanza; his sisters Katherine Josiban, Mary Fuscullo, and Anna Piraino; and brothers, Joseph Lanza and Paul Lanza. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (nee: Frattone); his children Kathleen Jakubowicz (Stan) of Bath, PA, Renee Farinella of Glassboro, NJ, and Josephine Marafino (Paul) of Philadelphia. He is also survived by 5 adoring grandchildren Stan, Gina, Angela, Daniel, and Lisa; 1 great grandson Liam; 2 sisters Angela Colajezzi and Alice DiBonventura of CA; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Adele and Michael DiGuglielmo of Phila., Rosanna Lanza of Bristol, and Lucy Lanza of Burlington, NJ; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wed., 7-9pm, at the Galzerano Funeral Home, 430 Radcliffe Street, Bristol. Friends may also attend his Mass of Christian burial on Thurs., 10:30am, at St. Ann Church. Interment will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. The family requests memorial contributions in his name be made to Odyssey Hospice, 512 Township Line Rd., 2 Valley Square ste. 305, Blue Bell, PA 19422.