Anthony DiFrancesco

October 5, 1934 - May 5, 2019 Age 84

Anthony (Tony) DiFrancesco, age 84, of Landenberg, PA, entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Brandywine Living in Longwood, Kennett Square, PA  19348.

Born In Teramo,  Italy, he was the son of Giovanni and Angela DiFrancesco (Misticoni).

After immigrating to the United States in 1955, Tony found his way to Downingtown, PA.  He began working different jobs while studying to become an American Citizen.  He met his beautiful wife, Josephine Ciprietti, and began working in the mushroom industry with his father-in-law.  He went on to learn many trades including carpentry and pool building, but went back to his most passionate, mushroom growing.  He built his passion into his own business in 1977 when he started DiFrancesco & Sons Mushrooms, ultimately living the American dream.

He enjoyed being an usher at St. Gabriel’s Church, gardening, travelling, driving his backhoe, digging holes, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Tony is survived by his children, Anthony DiFrancesco and his wife, Dana, Robert DiFrancesco and his wife, Renee, and Angela Crognale and her husband, Vince, all of Landenberg, PA; his siblings, Domenic DiFrancesco (Elisa) of Italy, Michelina D’Anzi (Giuseppe) of Downingtown, PA, Gilda Napoleone (Dante) of Downingtown, PA and Armando (Marisa) of Italy, and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Desirea, Anthony, Alyssa, Mia, Francesca, Natalie, and Michael, all of whom are his pride and joy.

He is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Josephine DiFrancesco, his parents Giovanni and Angela (Misticoni) DiFrancesco, his brothers Mario and Michael DiFrancesco.

You are invited to visit with Tony’s family from 6-8 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Kuzo Funeral Home (610-444-4116), 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348, and again from 10-11 AM on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA  19311 followed by a mass of Christian Burial will at 11 AM.

Entombment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA  19106, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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Memorial Donations

Alzheimer's Association

399 Market Street
Suite 102
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

PO Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
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May 13, 2019 6-8PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


May 14, 2019 10-11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, PA 19311

Mass of Christian Burial

May 14, 2019 11AM St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, PA 19311


Cathedral Cemetery
2400 Lancaster Avenue
Wilmington, DE


  1. RIP Tony, for the short time I took care of u , I know you was a good man . We love u but Jesus love you best

    Abu Gbanyan | May 13, 2019 at 10:33 PM
  2. Awww Tony , I say good bye, I was your caregiver for a very short time and got used to u. You made me to know something important in life that and I quote you always said this ” Do it good and finish it”. You was a man with Accuracy. RIP Tony .

    Abu Gbanyan | May 13, 2019 at 10:31 PM
  3. My condolences to the DiFrancesco family. I knew Tony from St. Gabriel’s. He was a wonderful man and I will surely miss him. Tony, watch over your family and friends. God Bless You.

    Debbie DiPasquantonio | May 13, 2019 at 1:09 PM
  4. I am so sorry to hear of Tony’s passing,I will miss the time we ushered together at st Gabes and the stories he would tell me about his life and family just a nice person all around my condolences to his family in this difficult time. God Bless Tony

    Bruno c | May 10, 2019 at 11:02 AM
  5. My sincere condolences to you at this difficult time. May your dear father Anthony rest in peace.
    Cecelia Carpus

    Cecelia Carpus | May 10, 2019 at 7:03 AM
  6. Angela and family, sorry for your loss.
    Joan Hoffmn

    Joan Hoffman | May 8, 2019 at 1:26 PM
  7. My favorite memory is of Tony being so sweet to my fiancé Denise Spring 2011. He went out of his way to show D how Shitake mushrooms were grown. Safe travels ‘Uncle’ Tony.
    Love and Respect from myself and my.brothers.
    Franco DiCarlo

    Franco DiCarlo | May 8, 2019 at 12:43 PM
  8. To the Di Francesco Family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. My prayers and sympathy to all.
    Sincerely, Patsy

    patsy Vanderkraats | May 8, 2019 at 7:23 AM

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