Anthony "Mousey/Maxie" Joseph DeStefano

March 26, 1936June 16, 2013

Sunday, 16 June 2013: Anthony Joseph DeStefano “Mousey/ Maxie”, 76 years old of Universal City, TX since 2007. Son of the late Bridget and Joe DeStefano; Tony worked and resided in East Hanover, N.J. with his wife of 47 years, Margaret R. Ziadie prior to relocating to Texas. Tony left high school to serve in the Army in 1954 and was stationed in Alaska. He carried on his father’s refinishing trade until branching off in 1976 with his own successful refinishing business. Tony was an enthusiastic sports fan, dedicated to the New York Giants and the Mets. His passion of sports extended well beyond being a fan; Tony actively played many sports such as snow skiing, golf, baseball, and softball well into the over-50 leagues. Not only was Tony known for his craftsmanship, trade skills, athleticism, love for antique cars and his wife’s Italian cooking, he was also well known for his unmatched story-telling character, dependable sense of humor, and ready and willingness to selflessly come to the aid of family and friends whenever there was a need. Tony held an honorable position within the Knights of Columbus as a 3rd degree knight- serving God and community, as part of the society of “Catholic men of faith, and men of action”. Tony’s steadfast sincerity, compassion, and integrity, was evident in his every expression of his every day of life. For his moral character and selfless values, God has been pleased with His precious son, Tony. For his strength in heart and principles, God has smiled upon His precious son. For his sacrifices, service and commitments, God has embraced His precious son; all the days of his life. And for Tony’s expression of his love for God and for his expression of understanding how God has so loved and blessed him, Tony is graced and lifted from this first journey of living, to begin life brand new, again, in His place of Perfection – made of love and light, and peace, and freedom- that Christ has prepared so purposefully for him.

Anthony J. DeStefano is survived by his wife, Margaret Rose, daughter Danielle, grandson Shane, brother Joe, Sister-in-laws Barbara D., Charmaine C., and Isis T., Aunts, Uncles, and extensive line of dear friends and family. Tony will be most greatly missed by all of these and more. His tangible presence will too be missed; but his space will be filled by his legacies and remaining love.

A Visitation will be on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 5 - 8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home. A service will be held at Colonial Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10 Am. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations for “Papa” may be made and sent to the following college fund for the benefit of (FBO) grandson Shane Anthony DeStefano:



  • Visitation Monday, June 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Ceasar Santana-Destefano

June 24, 2013

Dear Mr. Destefano, or should I say To the only mouse that's allowed in the house,
The only gift that you've blessed me with is the one I treasure most and hold dearly to my heart until the end of days , your daughter Danielle. Endlessly I do not think i could thank you and Margaret enough for the companionship Danielle and I have built together.I never had the opportunity to have met you, but Danielle sometimes acts like she should be the man of the house, not me. I know that is the impression you've instilled in her. She always spoke highly of you and I am sorry that i never got the chance to have met you.i know that your watching over her because at times i most definitely feel somebody with us in spirit. Thank you, she will always be grateful for an angel like you to watch over her.
Love Always,
Ceasar and Family

Danielle Destefano

June 23, 2013

He was the best father and best friend a daughter could ever ask for. He gave me the willpower to never give up and always pushed me to finish what i started. My mom and dad always worked out their differences and showed me what real love is through all their years of marriage and ever since I could remember. Pop, I will miss you for the rest of my days, you have touched me and countless others in so many ways. I love u pops, rest in peace.

Love Always,
Danielle & Trinity

Charlene Connolly

June 22, 2013

My Uncle Tony was quite the character. He took me on my first car race down the highway in New Jersey when I was a young child. Needless to say I was on the floor board at the finish line, but we won the race. He was yelling the whole time, it felt like i was in
"The General Lee Car" but it was Aunt Margie's Cadillac.There was never a dull moment with Uncle Tony, he made life fun. Uncle Tony will be missed but never forgotten.

Philip DiDomenico

June 19, 2013

Many fun times were had while growing up with my very special cousin Tony. He too was like a father to my brother and me. Generous to a fault, kind beyond words, fun loving and devoted to family. Missed him dearly when he and Marge relocated to Texas, but they were never out of our thoughts and prayers... No doubt you will be "hitting for the fences" in heaven. May you rest in peace.

Shawn Connolly

June 18, 2013

Uncle Tony was like a Father to me. He was always there to help me and the rest of my family out, especially in times of need. He lived Life to the fullest and was a lot of Fun to be around. I will always be grateful of his Love and Generosity. So many great memories. We will Miss him dearly.

June 18, 2013

I will remember Tony as a loving and very understanding person and I know how great he was to my 2 nephews Shawn & Brian and my neice Charlene. He will be truly missed.

Jill Lynch (Whiting NJ)

Bob Ziadie

June 18, 2013

When I was a kid, my Uncle Tony was the fun uncle. The crazy one who always made us kids laugh and provided us with entertainment. I was the ring bearer when Tony and Aunt Margie were married. There were so many fun memories as a kid with Tony and he and Margie were fantastic to all of us. Visiting them was always a great time and even as we all got older, Tony still managed to be the entertainer. He was always active and always finding ways to make people laugh. It was an unfair fate that took away much of what he loved to do. I wish I could sneak out without Margie knowing and get him some hotdogs from Jimmy Buffs just one more time. Without question, Tony is looking down from that great softball field in the sky. You will be missed Uncle Tony. Thank you for every thing. I love you.