Salvatore J. Anzalone Jr. of Williamsville, a retired mental-health care professional, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, of complications from acute leukemia. He was 68.
Born and raised in Buffalo, he served in the Marine Corps.
Mr. Anzalone earned an undergraduate degree from Canisius College and a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University at Buffalo.
He had more than 25 years of experience providing direct patient care and program development for the home care industry. He worked for many years at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, where he was an instructor and supervisor of the Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Anzalone also was instrumental in bringing to Buffalo the nationally recognized Recovery Inc., which teaches coping strategies for a variety of stress-related mental illnesses. After retirement, he served on a state mental-health related advisory panel.
He was married for 32 years to Ann Meyers, with whom he shared a passion for antique collecting and animals. He also was a fine-wine enthusiast.
Active in community affairs, Mr. Anzalone recently was secretary of the East Amherst Rotary.
He had stories and essays published in various local journals, including Forever Young. At the time of his death, he was completing a how-to manual for people caring for infirm relatives.
His wife died in 2002.
He is survived by a daughter, Bettina L. Olson of Eggertsville; a son, Jarrett S. of East Amherst; a sister, Patricia Bruno of Amherst; and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.