Anthony Edward Lanzilotti Ph.D

Anthony Edward Lanzilotti, Ph.D, of Iron Station, NC, passed away peacefully at the age of 100 on Thursday,July 22 2021.  
Antonio (Tony)
Lanzilotti was born in Hoboken, NJ, on September 8, 1920. He was always proud to say he shared his birthday with the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Catholics celebrate September 8th as the birthday of the Mother of Christ. Anthony was a resident of Pearl River, NY (Rockland County) for over 60 years. The son of Sicillian immigrants, Anthony earned a BS in Biology from St. Peters College, NJ, an MS in Chemistry from Notre Dame University, IL and PhD in OrganicChemistry from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Anthony worked as a medical research chemist at Lederle Laboratories (Division of American Cyanamid Company) in Pearl River for 35 years, retiring in 1990 at age 70. During his fruitful and fulfilling career in research chemistry, Dr. Lanzilotti was a named inventor on five patents.

A faithful Catholic, Tony was an active member of Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church in Pearl River, as well as a 4th degree Knight of Columbus for over 70 years.  Battling declining eyesight for most if his life,Anthony was instrumental in founding the Rockland County Association for the Visually Impaired. He is the last surviving founding member of “The Muddy Creek Four”, a barbershop quartet historically well known in Pearl River for entertaining at both public and charity events.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Maureen (Haney) Lanzilotti, son Dr. Thomas Lanzilotti and wife Jean Marie of Sussex, NJ, son Michael Lanzilotti and wife Jean Patricia of Chagrin Falls, OH and daughter Karen Lappin and husband Paul of Iron Station, NC. Anthony is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 20great grandchildren. In 2014,

Anthony was preceded in death by his eldest daughter Janice, who became Mother Maureen of the Precious Blood, OCD (Discalced Carmelite Nun) of Erie, PA, of whom he was infinitely proud.

Funeral services will be offered on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Denver, NC, with visitation beginning at 10:30am, and Holy Mass celebrated at 11:30am. Funeral arrangements conducted by Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver, NC.  


5 Responses to Anthony Edward Lanzilotti Ph.D

  1. Matthew McKinley July 27, 2021 at 1:02 am #

    It was a true honor to be a part of the Fourth Degree Call Out for Brother Sir Knight Tony on Tuesday. I hope his family take heed of his Priest/Nephew’s sermon and live the Faith! Those that are male and over 18 that are Catholic can honor Grandpa by joining his and my beloved Knights of Columbus online for free. Go to and use my code of MMCKINLEY at checkout. We are Catholic men dedicated to becoming better Catholic men through fraternity, charity and unity and our love for our Holy Mother and her rosary 📿.

  2. Joumana July 30, 2021 at 1:40 pm #

    A holy man has entered heaven. The angels and saints rejoice in his company.

  3. Patricia DiGiaimo Casey July 31, 2021 at 3:13 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss
    One of my fondest memeries that I will cherish forever is the Muddy Creek Four singing at my wedding in 1972

  4. Marie T. Taylor (Folina) August 1, 2021 at 6:13 am #

    Your Dad was a wonderful man. I remember his wonderful voice when he was at St. Margaret’s Church even as a lecturer.. My condolences go out to your whole family. I’m sure he will be greatly missed.

  5. Michael Walker August 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm #

    Maureen and Family,
    I was saddened learning of Tony’s passing! Tony was one of very few total gentlemen I’ve known in my lifetime and I feel privileged to to have been part of your lives. His gentleness, kindness, and quiet spirituality will constantly help guide my life, and I thank him as well as you. The world would be a far better one if we had more couples such as you two. I guess Heaven needed a good Bass! God bless you and yours Maureen. Mike Walker

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