Anthony C. Falvello, a prominent Hazleton and Luzerne County attorney, passed away Thursday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. He was the son of Conrad and Rose Falvello.
He was born at the Corrigan Maternity Hospital in Hazleton on Feb. 24, 1929. He was 85 years old.
Attorney Falvello was a 1945 graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College, a 1950 graduate of Dickinson College and a 1953 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, now Penn State Dickinson.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1948, stationed in Japan with the occupation forces, and again at Fort Meade, Md., in 1950 during the Korean conflict.
He began his legal career in 1953, practicing with his father Conrad and uncle Rex Falvello in the Hazleton National Bank Building.
In 1964, he was one of the founding partners of Falvello, Ustynoski, Giuliani and Bernstein until 1978.
He became the managing partner of the regional law firm of Hourigan, Kluger and Spohrer until forming the Falvello Law Firm in 1991. He retired from the practice in 1995. During his legal career, he served many years as solicitor for the Hazleton Area School District and was president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association. He also served many years as solicitor to Sugarloaf Township.
In 1986, he was appointed by Gov. Richard Thornburgh to become judge of the Luzerne County Court.
His service to the community was extensive as well. He served as a member and president of the Hazleton Jaycees and Hazleton Unico Club. As a Jaycee, in 1973 he spearheaded bringing a kidney dialysis facility to the Hazleton State General Hospital.
He was an active supporter of his law school, serving on its board of trustees from the late 1960s through and after its merger with Penn State until his retirement from the board in 2005. During this time, he established scholarships for students at both Dickinson Law and Penn State Hazleton. Penn State Dickinson currently bears a scholarship in his and his wife's name.
During his legal career, he earned a reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in the state, called upon by other lawyers to handle matters of a unique and compelling nature, including serving as lead trial counsel for families who lost loved ones in the 1969 Puerto Rico air disaster. During his first several years of practice he served as a law clerk to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marie Mancuso Falvello, and their five children, Conrad Falvello, an attorney in Conyngham; Judge Paula Falvello Garrety, an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration; Lawrence R. Falvello, Ph.D., a Churchill scholar of Cambridge University, England, currently teaching and conducting research in Spain; Attorney Nina Falvello Vecchione of Silver Spring, Md.; and Christopher J. Falvello, DDS, a practicing dentist in Sugarloaf. Also surviving are grandchildren, Dr. Anthony Falvello, an orthopedic surgeon in Hazleton; attorney Alexis Falvello, a Luzerne County assistant district attorney and member of the Falvello Law Firm; Christina Falvello Mezlo, an athletic trainer, physician assistant and currently a Health Administration Fellow with the Geisinger Health System; Virginia Falvello, a Stanford graduate currently teaching at Princeton; C.J. Falvello, a graduate of Georgia Tech; David Falvello, a graduate of Universal Technical Institute, Alpha Kappa Beta honor society; Conrad Vecchione of Silver Spring; Angelo Falvello of Greece; and Anna Falvello Tomas, an architectural graduate student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; as well as two great-grandchildren, Wilson and Vittoria.
Arrangements are being handled by Fierro Funeral Service, 26 W. Second St., Hazleton. Per his wishes, there will be no public funeral. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, friends may provide contributions in his name to Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Anthony and Marie Falvello Scholarship Fund; United Charities, or the American Heart Association.