December 11, 1930 – March 20, 2017

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    How does one define someone having lived a rewarding life? Success in business? A long and loving marriage? Children who have done well in life? Having many friends who hold you in respect? There are many facets that comprise a rewarding life and Anthony Carl Sunseri enjoyed them all, and more, during his life of 86 years. “Tony Macaroni,” as he called himself, died on Monday, March 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, as he was in life.

    An important influence in the growth of the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, in 1985 he went on to assist sons Nino and Jimmy in the founding and successful growth of Jimmy & Nino’s, an Italian food treasure in his beloved Strip District. The food items he created—the Mystery Cheese, Tuna Balsamic Sandwich, and the Dipping Peppers, among others—remain customer favorites today.

    “He was a hard-working businessman, a devoted family man, and a good friend to many people, including my whole family,” said Leonard Labriola, owner and operator of Labriola’s Italian Market stores in the Pittsburgh area.

    Among Mr. Sunseri’s many friends was Tony Della Sala, owner of Della Sala’s Pizza. “Whenever I met him, even as a young kid, he would make my day the way he treated me,” said Mr. Della Sala. “And I know I wasn’t the only person who had a good day after talking with him. He was a great guy.”

    He will be missed by his wife of 66 years, Ann (Graham) Sunseri; his children, James, Nino, Linda, Gusty, and Sal; plus 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

    The funeral mass was at St. Stanislaus Church in the Strip District.