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 Anthony R. Espositista

Anthony R. Espositista

Death 7 Apr 2007 (aged 16)
Burial Plainfield, Will County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 18896808 · View Source
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Anthony R. Espositista, 16, beloved son of Joseph and Kimberly, nee Hamilton; loving brother of Andraeya; dear grandson of Ron and Kathleen Espositista and Laura and the late Russell Hamilton; fond nephew and cousin of many. Visitation Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 174 S. Highpoint Dr. in Romeoville. Additional visitation Friday 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 10 a.m. at the church.

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Buried together

Joshua and Anthony, both 16 and sophomores at Plainfield High School's Central Campus, will be buried next to each other Friday in Plainfield Township Cemetery.

A joint visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. tonight at Community Christian Church, at 174 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville. A second viewing for both students will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, followed by funeral services for both boys from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 175 Highpoint Drive in Romeoville.

Josh will be buried in his football uniform. His number, 78, will be retired, said his brother, 26-year-old Brandon Ferralez.

Josh's father, Anestacio Ferralez, finds some peace in knowing his son's organs were donated to five people ranging in age from 5 to 31.

"People are living on Josh's organs," he said.

Anestacio said he and his wife, Donna, have been astounded by the number of students, including cheerleaders and the entire football team, coming to their home.

"We cried together. They gave me an autographed football that they all signed for Joshua," he said. The players promised to play for Josh next year, he said.

David Almazan, 15, a sophomore who was friends with Josh and Anthony, designed a shirt honoring the teens which will be passed out at the wake today.

Parents Kim and Joe Espositista said the boys, who were like brothers, shared a love of music, guitars and health.

"(Anthony) owned three different guitars. That was his No. 1 love next to working out. He was an encyclopedia when it came to fitness, nutrition and body building," Joe said. Anthony was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when he was 10 months old.

Since the boys' freshman year, Josh would be at the Espositistas' door at 5 a.m. to go to Cardinal Fitness to work out with Anthony and Joe. And, if Joe couldn't drive one day, the boys would ride their bikes to the gym.

"Their bodies and their health were very important to them," Joe said.

Anthony wanted to be a personal trainer and even designed workouts for his mom, dad and sister, Andraeya, 15, an eighth-grader at Indian Trail Middle School.

Joshua dreamed of being an architectural engineer -- designing the buildings his dad, a foreman, and his brother built as construction workers.

"He sees all the hurts I had. He said, 'I'll do better. I'll be the one doing the designing.' That's what he really wanted," Anestacio said.

Shared beliefs

The boys shared religious values. Joshua was a light technician for Community Christian Church, and often brought Anthony, who planned to be baptized there.

"Josh was a born-again Christian and a strong born-again Christian, and he helped a lot at his church. He set up lights every weekend," Brandon said of his brother.

"They both had the same goals in life. That's why they were so close and inseparable," Kim said.

The decision to bury the boys side-by-side was an easy one, both families said.

"If they went together, why not put them to rest together? They were never far apart in the world. They shouldn't be far apart now," Brandon said.

"They were brothers," Kim said. "They were inseparable in life."

"They are walking together right now. We don't doubt it," Joe said.

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