Anthony J. Armento Jr.

February 22, 1919October 17, 2011

Mr. Anthony Armento, longtime body building pioneer, physique champion, and gym instructor passed away on October 17, 2011 at the age of 92. Mr. Armento operated Armento’s Health Studio and personally instructed thousands of men in the knowledge of body building, weight-lifting, and physical fitness programs for over 50 years in Detroit. He was the first man to be honored in Michigan for his physical development and symmetry in a competitive way, winning both the Mr. Detroit and Mr. Michigan physique titles for two consecutive years, 1942 and 1943. He was also the first national physique champion from Michigan, representing Michigan in the Mr. America contest in 1943, receiving a medal for his outstanding finish in this national event. Mr. Armento was actively involved in his physical fitness studio until August of 1995, when he retired. He was a man who was well thought of and respected by people who came to know him for he was genuinely interested in their welfare and well-being and even counseled them when they had problems. In his era, weight-training was not widely accepted by either the general public or the sports world. This was due to ignorance, based upon distortions and negative information of the truth. He lived the see the day when what he taught and believed in, progressive weight-training, has proven its worth and is now accepted everywhere to the benefit of all, those who pursue physical fitness as well as athletes who seek to improve their athletic abilities. Mr. Anthony Armento was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1919, one of five children. He was brought to Detroit when he was one year old and remained her e for the rest of his life. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Annie in 2009 and cherished daughter Donna in 1983. He is survived by his daughter, Gina (Steve) Jazowski and his grandsons, Matthew and Ryan. Visitation 4-8p.m. Wed. and 2-8p.m. Thur. at Edward Swanson and Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre (S. of 13 Mi. Rd.) Madison Hts. Instate 9:30a.m. Friday until time of funeral mass 10a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1067 E. Gardenia St. in Madison Hts. Private family burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 19, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anthony J. Armento Jr.

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Todd Murphy

June 13, 2012

I grew up at Armento's and would not trade those memories for the world.
Coney's at Christmas, and sitting in Tony's officegetting life advice from the great Jabone. Tony was a true gentleman and a father to all that trained at his gym.

Todd Murphy

June 13, 2012

I grew up at Armentos and would not have traded those experiences for the world. The coney's at Christmas, and sitting in Tony's office reciving life advice the the great jabone.I miss those days and all it brought into my life.Tony was a great man

February 22, 2012

Happy 93rd birthday Dad. I miss you so much. Love,
your sweetpea!

Thomas Scales

October 24, 2011

Tony was a good man, and a great trainer. I am proud to know "Jabone". He influenced many generations of Detroiters. A true legend.

October 22, 2011

Through my studies i have learned that sickness and death will be a thing in the past. this information has helped me and my family in our time of need and i hope that it helped your family as well


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Steve Jazowski

October 21, 2011

You were a wonderfull father-in-law and grandfather. I consider my self blessed to have had you in my life. No man had better inlaws than i did. Rest in peace Tony my boy !!!

October 21, 2011

The best years of our lives with Tony and all the other great guys who worked out there in the 60s. Tony will always be remembered fondly.
Mike Gilbert of Sterling Hgts. and Dave Helfman of Bloomfield hills.
Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Al Kovacs

October 20, 2011

The Mighty Jabone (our beloved Tony Armento) finally finished his set of 92 years. Those head curls worked !Thanks Tony for many, many years of friendship, support and training. All of us who consistently trained at your facility loved you. There will never be anyone in this heavy game like you again. Until we meet again at Armento's farewell our friend