Tony Degelia

October 15, 1928August 6, 2012

TONY DEGELIA- 83, Passed away in Dallas on August 6,2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Sam and Lena Wagliardo Degelia; four brothers: John, Jack, Luke, and Jasper and one sister: Mary Lena Marino.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Geraldine and six sons- Joe & wife Karen; Gerald & wife Celia; Pat & wife Laura; David & wife Elizabeth; Paul & wife Storey; and Tom & wife Sarah. He is also survived by 6 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 3 great-granddaughters, 1 great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A life-long Catholic, Tony was born October 15, 1928, in Bryan, Texas, to a farming family of Sicilian heritage. He moved with his family to Dallas in 1941 where his family opened up their first grocery store. In Dallas, he worked in the grocery business, first with his father and later with his sons. It was in the family owned grocery business that he first began making his Italian sausage, developing the recipe with his father. He later began working for Al's Food Store, where he perfected the recipe. After his retirement from the grocery business; he continued presiding over the sausage making in an annual event with his sons which now include their wives and children. Never losing his love of the country Tony was most happy when he was spending time with his sons and working on his beloved farm in Kaufman.

Pallbearers will be his six grandsons: Michael, Benjamin, John Robert, James, Sam, and Tony.

Donations- American Lung Association

Recitation of the Rosary 7:00 pm Thursday, August 9, 2012 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 am, Friday, August 10, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale at Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238. Rev. Josef Vollmer-Konig, Celebrant. Interment Calvary Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home 10501 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218 214-327-8291


  • Recitation of the Rosary Thursday, August 9, 2012
  • The Funeral Mass Friday, August 10, 2012

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Bill Scott

August 18, 2012

What a great man..Mr.Degelia was my confirmation sponsor.He lead by example. He was the best father a boy could have.. .

Bill Scott

August 18, 2012

What a great man. Mr. Degelia was my confirmation sponsor. He did not have to say much he lead by an unmatched example. He thought his sons the value of hard work and church. Thank you Tony for what you thought those who witnessed your life.

August 16, 2012

The loss of a loved one runs deep...Please know that everyone who loved Mr. Degelia is in my thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.

Susan Brown
Co-worker of Laura Degelia

Perez Family

August 14, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Degelias we knew from St.Bernard parish.

Curly and JoAnn MCLEAN

August 10, 2012

Our prayers are with all the family. Tony and Gerry made some beautiful memories with their family. Hold onto these as you remember Tony.

John Bailey

August 9, 2012

my father spoke highly of Mr Degelia and the family is in our prayers.

sherran munden

August 9, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Sue Forde

August 9, 2012

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Richard and Laverne Grimmett

August 9, 2012

We are saddend to hear of the loss of Mr. Degelia. Our thoughs and prayers are with you and your family.

Nita Pickett

August 9, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.