Anthony James DeStefano, 73, Madison

Anthony James DeStefano, 73, of Madison, passed away Jan. 31 at his home.  Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Anthony DeStefano and Victoria (Sicignano) Richards. 

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Wendy (Madelung) DeStefano; their three children and two sons-in-law, Teri and David Fallon, April DeStefano, and Danielle and Jason O’Connell; their five grandchildren, Riley, Mary, Cooper, Eliot, and Gia; and brother Richard DeStefano. He was predeceased by his brother Ronald DeStefano. Anthony also leaves behind many loving and cherished family members and friends.

Anthony was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a mechanic by trade and a self-proclaimed entrepreneur who could do anything he set his mind to. He also worked as a custodian for the Madison Public School System for 10 years, from which he ultimately retired. His most enjoyable moments were spent with friends and family, sitting in the warm summer sun with a glass of red wine and a cigar. 

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 4-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Branford Free Evangelical Church, 231 Leetes Island Rd. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery in New Haven. Memorial donations may be made in loving memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), Main Ave, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at; or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, online at For online tributes and condolences, please visit


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