OBITUARY

Michael J. Anelli

July 15, 1934March 30, 2021
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ANELLI - Michael J. March 30, 2021, son of the late Michaelangelo and Ida (Veccharelli) Anelli; brother of Marlene A. (late Daniel L.) Kaye, late Mary Ann and Laurence Anelli; dear uncle of Karin Kaye (Michael Sparcino); cousin of Janet D’Addario and Dorothy Kotlowski; longtime friend of the De Lellis family. Family will be present on Monday from 3-5 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., where a Funeral Service will immediately follow at 5 PM. Reopening restrictions limit the number of individuals allowed in the funeral home at the same time. We ask for your patience should you experience delays. Face masks are required. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

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Kate Willoughby

April 11, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the Anelli family and loved ones. I remember Mr. Anelli from my years at Riverside HS. I graduated in 1973 with a Regents Scholarship. Mr. Anelli was always fair and caring, and he did all he could to allow opportunities for me to develop skills and self- confidence. He inspired me in many ways when I later became a teacher. I will always remember him as a mentor and an example of what an educator ought to be.

Donald Erb

April 7, 2021

I had the pleasure of having Mr Anelli not only for my home room teacher for four years but also my history teacher for my junior and senior years. He would make history class a lot of fun. During my senior year he had all the home room over to his house for a cookout. Everyone enjoyed that. He always made a point to attend our class reunions. He will always be remembered as the best teacher I have ever had. RIP Mr Anelli

Don Erb
RHS class of 65

Dean Cameron

April 7, 2021

My family Marc, Rick, Dean, Lynn, and Dawn Cameron all had the pleasure to have Mr Anelli as our Principal. He led the way and influenced the students in a positive manner. RIP from the Cameron family 🙏❤️

Theresa Pope

April 5, 2021

The Buffalo Retired Administrators' Association extends sympathy to the family of Michael Anelli. Mike was a
dedicated, supportive member of the organization and
attended as long as health allowed.

BRAA

Judith Scoma

April 5, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mr. Anelli's Family & Friends for your great loss. Such a great teacher & principal. I was in RHS Class of 1960 going forward several years later I was again at RHS this time with my eldest son Greg for his graduation. We had the pleasure of Mr. Anelli talking with us. I will always remember his saying that he wondered how long it would be before one of his previous students children would be at Riverside but he hadn't thought it would be that soon. Such a nice friendly, kind man that will be missed by so many. GOD Bless .
Judy Scoma

Denis Uminski

April 4, 2021

I am saddened to learn of Mike's death. I am in Florida until May and cannot attend the wake. He was a great inspiration to me as a new teacher at Riverside H.S. Truly a great educator.

Chrystal Browne Andrews

April 4, 2021

Mike Anelli blended human kindness into his role as principal. We were blessed to have him as our leader. He will be missed.
Best wishes to his family.

Lenore Levy

April 3, 2021

Dear Karin and Marlene
I was so sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. Last we talked he was excited about moving in with you Karin....the light of his life.
Family was everything to Mike as you know. His leadership in our neighborhood and pride in his yard was testimony to his high standards.

May your memories be of the happier times you shared along with knowing how much you were loved.

Lenore Levy

Ed Miner

April 3, 2021

To find a teacher in high school so willing and eager to share their love of teaching with a deep regard for the humanity of the student is rare indeed. Mike’s caring was deep and genuine and offered with a generosity of spirit that made me, and certainly many others, feel validated and appreciated.

Several weeks ago my 7 year old granddaughter Maddie called me upset. She was listening to her father’s albums and heard Pink Floyd’s the Wall. She wanted to know if it was like that for me. (she wanted an example of dark sarcasm in the classroom.) Were teachers cruel? Eventually we got around to high school and Mr. Anelli and Eleanor Sigismund. I told her she would be lucky to have teachers like that.

And indeed we were.


Ed Miner
RHS 65

Marshall Goldstein

April 3, 2021

Mr. Anelli was the best teacher I had at RHS— knowledgeable , clear, kind, approachable, inspiring. He was liked and respected by everyone in our class and probably had a lot to do with me majoring in history. I’m saddened by his passing but am struck by how many lives he enriched. A truly admirable man.
Marshall Goldstein, RHS ‘66

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Biography

ANELLI - Michael J.
March 30, 2021, son of the late Michaelangelo and Ida (Veccharelli) Anelli; brother of Marlene A. (late Daniel L.) Kaye, late Mary Ann and Laurence Anelli; dear uncle of Karin Kaye (Michael Sparcino); cousin of Janet D’Addario and Dorothy Kotlowski; longtime friend of the De Lellis family. Family will be present on Monday from 3-5 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., where a Funeral Service will immediately follow at 5 PM. Reopening restrictions limit the number of individuals allowed in the funeral home at the same time. We ask for your patience should you experience delays. Face masks are required. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com