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Anthony Joseph Basta

Anthony Joseph Basta, 64, of Exeter, passed away Friday, August 19, 2022, at home.


Born in Wilkes-Barre on June 25, 1958, he was the son of the late Anthony B. Basta and Vera Zuzelo Basta. Tony lived most of his life in West Pittston and Exeter. He was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School.

He married the former Colleen Rooney on May 30, 1981. They were married for 41 years and dated since they were 15 years old. Tony worked for Step by Step in Wilkes-Barre for 36 years as an assistant program manager. He enjoyed fishing, building and fixing things, and working in his yard. He had an incredible sense of humor.


In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Marie Ellicker.


Surviving in addition to his wife, Colleen are sons, Matthew Anthony Basta of Raleigh, NC and Mark Joseph Basta of Pringle; mother-in-law, Rose Rooney; brother-in-law, Allen Rooney; sister-in-law, Maureen Gaydos; nephew, BJ Elicker; nieces, Nikki Grissinger, Leah Aftewicz, Heather Gaydos, and Arayah Rooney; as well as many cousins.


Special thank you to Erwine Hospice, especially Joyce and DeAnn for the excellent care they provided Tony.


The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 5pm-7pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston with a Blessing Service will at 6pm. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.


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