Anthony (Tony) Esoldo

Anthony (Tony) Esoldo

BIRTH:  1/11/1938

DEATH: 03/13/2018

Anthony “Tony” Esoldo, a proud, lifelong resident of Koppel, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family and his beloved Bella. Born January 11, 1938, in Koppel, he was the son of the late Francesco Esoldo and Teresa Nardone Esoldo. Tony was a family man, a football coach and popular proprietor of the Corner Tavern in West Mayfield.

Tony was a 1955 graduate of Ellwood City’s Lincoln High School where he played baseball and was the starting quarterback in football and was given the nickname “Terrible Tony” Esoldo for his talent on the field.  He went on to play baseball in the service in Germany.

Tony believed strongly in giving back to the community and was a member of the Italian Mutual Benefit Society of Koppel and the Wolves Club. Tony was humbled by his recent selection as an awardee of the Larry Bruno Circle of Achievement and will be inducted in July. This award honors his significant contribution to the youth of Koppel and Big Beaver Falls Football programs.

Tony coached the Koppel Panthers midget football teams for 20 years and compiled an impressive record of 106 wins and 42 losses. He led his players to four Division Titles, two Beaver County Pop Warner Midget Football Championships and the Pop Warner National Championship in 1969. On June 17, 1994, Tony was recognized by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for his outstanding coaching achievements and his immeasurable contributions to the welfare of the community at large.

Outside of his impact as a coach, Tony was well known as the owner of the Corner Tavern in West Mayfield. He owned the Corner for over 40 years before selling it in 2005. While owner of the popular pasta parlor and local sports bar, Tony was known for his generosity, dry-witted one liners and love of Notre Dame. A friend from the Tavern recently said, “everybody loved Tony and everybody wanted to talk to Tony.”

Tony loved his family and was most proud of his roles as dad, pappy, brother, and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Renea Esoldo, in 2016; sisters, Malina Nardone, Connie Priestas, Lena Biega, Rose Sheeler, Josephine Bennett, Maggie Beres, Minnie Short and Lyda Pengidore, and his brothers, Nick Nardone, Mike Esoldo, Dusty Esoldo and Louie Esoldo.

He is survived by his siblings, Evan (Judy) Nardone and Alvida Guandolo, and sister-in-law Shirley Nardone. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Darlene Cribbs Esoldo; his children, Carrie Campbell (Jay), Victoria Javens (Randy), Roxann Esoldo, Nikki Esoldo, and his son Anthony C. Esoldo; grandchildren, Lauren Ryan (Chris), Anthony Ketterer, Joseph Campbell, Austin Javens and Taylor Javens; one great-granddaughter, Gianna Renea Ryan, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp.,, where prayers will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by as Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Ellwood City. Father Mark Thomas will officiate.

Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Renea A. Esoldo Foundation in care of West-AirComm Federal Credit Union, 485 Buffalo Street, Beaver, PA 15009.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Brighton Rehab and Wellness, Gallagher Home Health, Catholic Hospice, and a special thank you to Dr. Prendergast.







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Joscelyn Couch from Koppel wrote on March 18, 2018 at 3:32 am:
Tony and his wife lived on my street my whole life that I lived at home with my parents. My fondest memories are of him routinely walking his doggie every day. My deepest sympathy to the family at this time of mourning and loss.
Rhonda Lucas from Ellwood wrote on March 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm:
I’m so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️
Demareus Cooper from Avalon wrote on March 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm:
Sending heartfelt prayers to you and yours in this hour of need. May Gods Love and Peace bring you comfort.
Esther Taylor from Beaver Falls oa. wrote on March 16, 2018 at 1:38 pm:
My husband and I remember so many times going to the corner Tavern he always made you feel welcome he was always very we wish his family our sympathy
Susan Zona from Ellwood City wrote on March 15, 2018 at 9:32 am:
My deepest sympathy to all of you.. So sorry for your loss. May God Bless you in your time of need.
Susan Zona My deepest sympathy to both the Esoldo and Nardone families. So sorry for your loss. from Ellwood City wrote on March 15, 2018 at 4:22 am:
Susan Zona
Mike Alberti from Lexington , SC wrote on March 15, 2018 at 1:25 am:
With a saddened heart, I say good bye to one of the Great Ones. Tony, you’re in a better place now. You made this place a better place everyday! We will miss you. Job well done, my friend!
Paula Cook from Beaver Falls wrote on March 15, 2018 at 1:24 am:
This wonderful person will be missed by so many! A legend in his own time!
Sue and Rick from Bonita Springs wrote on March 15, 2018 at 12:16 am:
Words can’t express the sorrow we feel for all of you at this time. We love each and everyone of you and pray that you are all okay. Rick and Sue
Stephen Sikon from Pittsburgh wrote on March 15, 2018 at 12:05 am:
My deepest condolences to the Esoldo family in this time of loss

God Bless,

Stephen Sikon
Lisa Robinson Passeri from Beaver wrote on March 14, 2018 at 11:58 pm:
My love and prayers are with you all. Tony was a wonderful man and I'm sure Renee was waiting with open arms to greet him. Can you imagine how happy they are. I love you all and pray for your peace during this hard time.
James J Kameen from Washington wrote on March 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm:
Dear Nikki and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I'll keep you and your father in my prayers. Love to Rocco as well.
Lou Pertile from Delray Beach wrote on March 14, 2018 at 8:22 pm:
An icon of the community Tony will be missed by all so sorry to hear of his passing God Bless
jim and cindy richner from koppel wrote on March 14, 2018 at 7:06 pm:
we will miss you as a friend and neighbor jim cindy and Butterscotch
Judy Molli Kalnas from Pittsburgh wrote on March 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm:
Roxann and family,

Please accept my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Molli Kalnas
Turk Boariu from Ellwood City wrote on March 14, 2018 at 6:19 pm:
Awesome awesome man! Rip my friend! Sympathy to all!
Taz from Koppel wrote on March 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm:
May God be with you in this time of grief. My deepest sympathy,
Bridget Ceriani from Ellwood CIty wrote on March 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm:
Love and prayers to my beautiful Esoldo family. I love you more than you will know. Tony is now with our precious Renea in heaven.
Tami Miller from Murrells Inlet, SC wrote on March 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm:
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Tony was always good to us when we were young. Please know that I strongly feel that he is with Nae and feeling wonderful again. Now you all have 2 angels to watch over your great family. Love you all
Maureen Pansera from Ellwood City wrote on March 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm:
Prayers Flowing for all.
I am so very sorry.
May his Memory be Eternal!