Anthony J. "Woody" Rapisardo

  • Born: April 26, 1943
  • Died: November 28, 2020
  • Location: Broomall, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell-Barone Memorial Home

908 S. Providence Road
Wallingford, PA 19086

Tel. (610) 874-7700

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle


Anthony "Woody" Joseph Rapisardo, 77, passed away Saturday, November 28th, 2020 in his Broomall home surrounded by his family.
Born on April 26th, 1943 in South Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Benjamin Rapisardo and Marie Fuscellaro, and step-son of Dominic Portaro.

He was the husband of 58 years to Phyllis (Massarella) Rapisardo. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Diane Rapisardo of Lititz, Pennsylvania; a son, Anthony Rapisardo (Linda); two daughters, Christine Aron (Nicholas) and Phyllis Russo (Kevin); and seven grandchildren: Angela Russo, Kevin Russo Jr., Tina Aron, Nicholas Aron, and Anthony Russo. In addition, Woody was close to his two brother in-laws, the late Samuel Massarella and
Richard Massarella (Rochelle); his nieces and nephews: Lisa Booth (Rich), Lori Massarella, Robert Massarella (Sherry), Sammy Massarella (Vince Roy), Beth-Ann Massarella (Leon Orshanski), and Steven Massarella

He lived in Darby, Pennsylvania until moving to his home in Broomall in 2000. He retired from Gateway Rehabilitation Services in 2014. Woody was an avid bowler, enjoyed hunting in Potter County, PA, and loved spending his summers with his family and friends on the Delaware shore. Woody was a kind and unassuming man who touched everyone he met. He will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and unyielding generosity. These traits, as well as the relentless love he possessed for his family, fueled his unremitting strength and perseverance as he fought his illness for years.

At this time, the family will be forgoing funeral services.

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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter which can be made online.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Phyllis and Family,
I heard of Woody's passing only a month ago. Had I known, I would have reached out sooner. My memory of Woody, from when I was a small child, is of a man who always was always happy and always had a smile on his face. He made time to have a conversation with me whenever we saw each other. He was part of a group of people that I loved so very much, including you, Phyllis. You were a beautiful couple inside and out. It is with my most sincere condolences that I write this message. I know what he, and all of you, endured for years. My love and prayers were with you then and are with you now. May his soul Rest In the Peace he so longed for.

Posted by Kathleen Malatesta - DE - Family Friend   September 06, 2021


Dear Phyllis, Anthony, Chrissy, Phyllis and the entire Rapisardo Family, I am sending my deepest condolences along with oceans of love & prayers to all of you. He will be truly missed and a loss to everyone who knew him. I grew up just 6 houses down from the Rapisardo's, what a great family. God Bless You All. R.I.P. WOODY.

Posted by JANET GALLAGHER - PA - Family Friend   June 29, 2021

I just saw this obituary. I am so deeply sorry. My heart goes out to his family. I am shocked to learn of Woody's passing. I was always going to get to know him & his dear family better. He was a kind, gentle unassuming man. He will be deeply missed by anyone who knew him.

Posted by Diane Rapisardo - Lititz, PA - Sister   June 18, 2021


He lives on in the eyes of his family. Beautiful tribute! The video is telling of a life well lived. God bless you all.

Posted by Janice Granauro - Glen Mills, PA - acquaintance   April 11, 2021

When my dad "Reds" had the auto parts store in Darby I would see your dad many times a day.
He was a great man. Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Claire Barone - Wallingford, PA - Family Friend   January 13, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Rapisardo Family. Rest in Peace Uncle Woody. You will always be in our hearts. Love, Joseph & Lisajoan.

Posted by Joseph Andricola - Blackwood, NJ - Family Friend   December 11, 2020

Anthony and family,

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Woody. He was a great guy and we will always remember the great days and fun times we had on Woodland Avenue. Although we know it's not easy try to remember all the good times you had and that he is at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. R.I.P Woody

Posted by Toto Family - Friend   December 07, 2020

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Rapisardo. I hope all the great memories that you shared ease the pain in your heart. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May Mr. Rapisardo Rest In Peace.

Posted by Bob Caulfield - Williamstown, NJ - Friend   December 05, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Woody's passing. I have such great memories of growing up across the street from the Rapisardo family. My favorite is when Woody would come out and pitch wiffle ball to us kids. I knew if I could hit Woody's curveball I could hit anything. Wonderful memories of a great family. My heart goes out to you all.

Posted by John Keichline - Plainview, NY - Family   December 05, 2020

My darling friend. My heart and prayers are with you and the family. I know the angels welcomed him

Posted by Maria Giampetro(Pagano) - Voorhees, NJ - Friend   December 04, 2020

The Godfreys are deeply saddened for all that your family has endured and even more devastated for Woody's passing. Calling him a friend does not even feel right. He was family, a constant and loyal man, witty and so much more. I have countless memories with Woody and the Rapisardos that are cherished. He used to call me Peanut as a little girl and had the opportunity to watch me become a mother. One fall afternoon Woody said to me, You have a beautiful family Dana. Little did I know those were his last words to me. I will never forget that moment and this is how he will eternally be remembered in my mind. Phyllis, Anthony, Christine, Phyllis, Linda, Nick, Kevin, and Grandkids, please know how much we loved your Father/Grandfather and wish we could physically mourn with you during this time. We love you all and are always here for you. With much love, Dana, Andrew, Judith, and Andrew Robert

Posted by Dana Godfrey - Avondale, PA - Family Friend   December 04, 2020

Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss . I'm sure Mr. Rap is in a better place now, God bless.

Posted by John Hanlon - WestDeptford, NJ - Family Friend   December 03, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Posted by Suzanne Hurlbrink - Pennsburg, PA - Friend   December 03, 2020

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