Anthony “Tony” Louis Joseph Tankovich

January 15, 1941 ‒ May 21, 2015

Delaware, Ohio


Anthony “Tony” Louis Joseph Tankovich, 74, of Delaware passed away Thursday morning May 21, 2015 at the Delaware Court Health Care Center with his wife by his side.

He was born January 15, 1941 in Columbus to the late John and Marie (Kauderer) Tankovich.

Tony graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School and attended Ohio State University. He later took evening classes at St. Mary of the Springs (currently Ohio Dominican University), being one of the first men to do so.

On July 6, 1963, Tony married the love of his life Elizabeth “Betty” Schnipke. They resided in Columbus for the first 5 years of marriage before moving to Delaware where they have lived ever since.

Tony was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in the Columbus area until his retirement in 1996. He was a devout Catholic and has been an active and devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware where he served in many capacities over his many years. On January 3, 1983 he was installed as an Acolyte for the Diocese of Columbus by Bishop Griffin.

He was very interested and involved with theology and World War II Naval history. He was also a “train nut”. Many vacations were planned around trains and catholic churches. With his wife by his side, many trips were taken to the Marion train yards to watch trains go by for entertainment.

In addition to his loving wife Betty, he is also survived by 4 sons Joe (Amy) of Longmont, Colorado, Bill (Stacy) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Frank and Paul both of Delaware; 4 brothers John (Paula) of Dublin, Steve (Cindi) of Westerville, Jerry (Karen) and George (Cherryl) of Columbus; 3 sisters Mary Tankovich of Columbus, Elizabeth O’Rourke of Delaware and Cecilia (Mike) Longenbaker of Tollard, Connecticut; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother David.

The family will receive friends on Monday May 25 from 4 – 8 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William Street, Delaware. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday May 26 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in Tony’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tankovich family.

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  • Tony, We loved you. You were a great and holy man. The Lord saw that you Loved him and worshiped him. Now rest in peace. We’ll take good care of Betty.

  • I never met Tony. However, I do know his youngest son Paul. Tony raised a good man. I have to believe the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP Tony!
    Jim Welsch and Fay Welsch

  • Dear Betty,
    I am very sorry to read of the passing of your husband, Tony. I remember many of the times you told stories of your life together when we were in the Education Department at OWU.
    You certainly were to ‘love of his life’ as was noted in the paper. I send you my deepest sympathy.
    Kay Conklin

  • Jerry – I am sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my cousin Tony. Some of my best childhood memories were playing together with John and Tony at out grandparents house on Torrence Road in Columbus as our families often came together for Sunday dinner – usually fried chicken or cabbage rolls. Only our grandmother Tankovich could feed about 30 people and always have a smile on her face. Best wishes to you Betty in this time of sorrow.


  • Saddened by the news of your father’s passing. He certainly led a full and interesting life! Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Dear Betty and your sons,
    Please be assured of our prayerful support for all of you in Tony’s family. Accept our heartfelt sympathy from all the Catholic deacons and their wives throughout the Diocese of Columbus. May Tony rest in peace with our Risen Lord. Well done good and faithful servant.

  • Paul, Juanita and I were sorry to hear of the news that your father’s past away. He certainly was an interesting person who must have loved life, family, Church and a GREAT FATHER FIGURE TO BE PROUD OF!
    Our thoughts and prayers go our for you and your family.

  • Betty,
    What a wonderful photo of Tony you chose to use in his memorial site. It brings back the robust joy he shared with so many people. I know how very hard it is to lose the one you’ve loved for a lifetime. My prayers are with you and your sons.

  • Dear Betty & Family,

    So sorry we were unable to attend the services for Tony, but our thoughts
    and prayers are with you and your family….

    In reading his obituary, we know Tony lived a full and wonderful life. Now he
    will be rewarded with God Almighty in heaven…

    Our deepest sympathys,

    Dave & Carlene