Anthony Nicoletto loved his family and he loved music, said Nancy Nicoletto, his wife of 20 years.
“His family was always number one to him,” she said. “He loved to help people, and would do anything for anybody.”
Anthony “Tony” Nicoletto, 65, of Valparaiso, died April 6. He had worked for Bethlehem Steel and had also been a self-employed steel broker.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and was a life member of VFW Post 988.
Nicoletto’s love of music dated back to his childhood, and as a teenager, he got to take drum lessons from Buddy Rich. Over the years, he played in numerous bands, performing at weddings, private parties and other venues.
“He loved the camaraderie of being in a band,” she said. “They had many followers who would go wherever they went, and he became friends with many of them. He had many wonderful memories about other bands and how everyone was friends and helped each other out when needed.”
He was an excellent handyman, and specialized in electronics. But he could also do plumbing, put in new windows, and do other odd jobs, his wife said.
“He could have built a home from the beginning to end,” she said. “He loved to take something old and junky and make it look new and beautiful again. He always had great ideas for redoing things. He could just see how it would look in his minds eye and he was always right.”
Nancy Nicoletto said her husband was kind, considerate and loving.
“Tony was a great husband. He did everything for me,” she said. “Although he promised me 25 years, we only got 20, and I am thankful for each and every one of them.”