Deacon Anthony “Tony” Morici

MORICI, ANTHONY JOSEPH, DEACON “TONY” of Clarkston, Michigan; died February 2, 2021. He was 74.

He was born March 5, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Charles and Margaret Rose (nee: Lombardo) Morici.  He married Betty Legein on September 6, 1968 in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.  He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Morici; four children, Michelle (Scott) Shader, Gina (Robert) Nowicki, Margaret “Marji” (Matthew) Lasky and Andrea (Fabrizio) Petrilli; seven grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Parzynski, Thomas (fiancé Laurie) Nowicki, Elizabeth “Libby” Nowicki, Hanna Shader, Jonah Shader, Lucas Lasky and Lainey Lasky; one brother, Vincent (Ann) Morici; one sister, Santina (Stephen) Hurley.  Tony was a veteran of the U.S. Army-Vietnam having served as a Medic.  He was ordained in 1987 having served several Parishes in Macomb and Oakland Counties. He retired in as an educator from Notre Dame Prep in Pontiac.

Mass of the Resurrection will be private on Friday, February 5, 2021 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, Ortonville. Fr. Gerard Frawley, Celebrant. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery, Waterford at a later date.  Due to COVID Restrictions MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. Arrangements were entrusted to Village Funeral Home 135 South Street, Ortonville, Michigan.    Memorial contributions may be made to Forgotten Harvest Gleaners OCEF or Doctors Without Borders   To send a condolence to the family go to

5 Responses to "Deacon Anthony “Tony” Morici"

  1. Juanita koczara   February 3, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Betty, girls and family,
    It saddens me to hear of Tony’s passing. He was one special, honest and loving man. He so loved you and was so proud of you. I know your heart is breaking..wishing I could give you all a hug and express my deep sense of sadness.
    He and your mom had been there for me time of need. For that, I am eternally grateful.

  2. Mike Cummins   February 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    This is sad news. Deacon Tony was my mentor when we were at St. Lawrence Parish. He was an outstanding person and I looked up to him.

    May he rest in peace.

    (Deacon Mike Cummins)

  3. Larry Jack   February 4, 2021 at 9:25 am

    So sorry to hear about Tony’s passing. I truly enjoyed working with you both over the years at ND Prep and seeing you at events. Tony was a kind and loving man, he will be missed by so many.
    Hugs and prayers!
    Larry Jack

  4. Midge Williams   February 4, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Dear Betty,

    Tony was an incredible person that I feel privileged to have known and worked with. When I think of him, I see his smile from ear-to-ear! Never was there a more serene and welcoming man. He lives on in you, Betty, your children and all your grandchildren.

    Betty, I am so very sorry for your loss. When I think of your Tony, I think of you, too as you were such a loving couple. Tony made the world a much better place. May he rest in peace.

    Midge Williams

  5. ELAINE REIMANN   February 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Betty and family,

    My deepest condolences on your loss.

    I will always remember Irish Week about a billion years ago and Deacon came in dressed as Frank Sinatra…I swear we all swooned!

    Keep the happy, precious memories close!

    Much love,


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