Funeral Held Monday For Eustace Anselmi

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Eustace “Gus” Anselmi of Livingston died Thursday, May 16, in Livingston. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Anselmi was born on June 11, 1932, to Carmela and Dominick Anselmi, and grew up in Maplewood. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Grammar School, Columbia High School, and Seton Hall University, where he studied mathematics and philosophy.

He worked with his father and uncle to startAnselmi and DeCicco, a small construction company specializing in sidewalks and driveways. He married his wife, Ann, in 1956.

Mr. Anselmi and his company were involved in such infrastructure projects as the development of Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center, the renovation of Newark Airport International Airport, the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange of Routes 46, 23 and 80 in Wayne, and multiple other highways and bridges in the tri-state area. In his later years, he, his brother and their families owned and ran a cattle ranch in Costa Rica.

Mr. Anselmi was a member of the President’s Advisory Committee at Seton Hall; a trustee of Caldwell College, Delbarton School, and St. Philomena Church; Scoutmaster for Troop 16 in Livingston, and a long-time member of the Livingston Planning Board.

He also served on the board of directors of the Utility and Transportation Contractors’Association; as a trustee of the Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey; a board member of Summit Bancorp; and board member of Viannini, S.p.A.

In 2016, he aided theVatican during the Year of Mercy. He sponsored a concert for the homeless at St. Peter’s Square, led by international composer Ennio Morricone, and had a private audience with Pope Francis.

In addition to his wife, Ann, Mr. Anselmi is survived by his son, Gregory and his wife, Rosann; his daughter, Gina and her husband, Mark; his son, Andrew and his wife, Sole; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Antoinette and her husband, Pasquale; Thomas and his wife, Linda; and Angela and her husband, Michael.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 19, at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston. The funeral took place Monday, May 20, at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Livingston.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations be sent to the Seton Hall University Boot Camp or St. Philomena Church, 366 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston.

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