Born in Racine on January 6, 1930, Matranga was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (nee: Petavino) Matranga. He attended Lincoln, Washington Jr and Janes schools. He proudly served in the U.S. Army (1951-1953). During the Korean War he was stationed in Hanau, Germany and he was proud to serve his country.
Tony worked at Racine Dye Cast, Western Printing, CNH Case New Holland and Hamilton Beach.
On Sept. 8, 1962 at Holy Name Catholic Church (St. Richard’s) he married Frances M. Consiglero. As a lifelong faithful Catholic, they raised four children and enjoyed traveling, bowling, dancing and spending time with friends and family.
He retired from Racine Unified School District after 27 years of working as a custodian at Washington Park High School and S.C. Johnson School where he was fondly remembered as the “Peanut Man.” Tony loved serving the community at the SHARE Program at the Salvation Army. He bowled many years, and loved watching the Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cubs.
People recall the joy he had for life, laughter and beautiful smile.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 53 years Frances, four children: Kathleen (John) Kluge of Fort Worth, TX; Holly (Patrick) Krien of Franksville, WI; Theresa (Adam) Diliberti of Zion, IL; Tony (Kris) Matranga of Franklin, WI. ten grandchildren: Matthew, Julia and Jillian Kluge; Austin and Mitchell Krien; Isabel and Dominic Diliberti; Anthony, Charlie and Jack Matranga. brother, Charles (Diane) Matranga and sister, Mary Leuthner, sisters-in law, Rosemary (Bob) Krencisz, Patricia Consiglero all of Racine. Tony is also survived by his sweet niece, Carol (Dave) Snyder, and lifelong best friend Jeff (Sandy) Collova and many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and friends too numerous to mention.
His parents, brothers John and Rose, George and Estelle and Joe and Sophie Matranga; sisters Angie and Ray McCarthy, Minnie and Augie Kaschinske, Nancy and Leonard Berchem, Josie and Art Nau and two infant siblings at birth; brothers-in-law John Consiglero and Joe Consiglero preceded him in death.
Funeral Details For Anthony Matranga
With Rev. Bill Dietzler officiating, his funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, August 20, at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 19 and again from 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until time 10 a.m. Mass. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Vincent DePaul or HALO.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Johnson and dad’s favorite assistant Roberta and Dr. Desiree Dizadji for their years of compassionate care.