Anna Patacchiola

Anna R. Patacchiola (Lombrici)

Thursday, January 3rd, 1924 - Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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Anna was born on Jan 3 1924, in the small town of Panicale, a suburb of Perugia Italy.
She was a young girl when WW2 broke out and lived through the horrors of those years, surviving famine and tuberculosis.

In 1950 her life changed, soon after meeting Walter in Rome; Walter, a son of Italian immigrants in Perugia, Italy studying Italian where Anna also lived. It was the holy year, the Jubilee, and as devout Catholics they both participated in the pilgrimage of the four Basilicas, but separately, Walter with his roommate Arcangelo and Anna with her cousin Anita. They all met by chance on Ponte Saint Angelo. They spent a wonderful day together, walking and sipping espressos. After which, Walter decided he had found the woman of his life! The next day Walter proposed to Anna. Being both Catholic and very spiritual individuals they chose to marry in Assisi at the tomba of St Francis. Anna’s brother Agostino, a Benedictine monk , officiated the ceremony with a gathering of just 6 people. They were married for 43 years.

Soon after, Anna left all that was familiar, and they sailed for the United States to start their new lives. While Walter was working as a teacher and finishing his Master degree at Harvard, Victor and then Robert were born in the USA . Walter, being involved in foreign languages then accepted a teaching position at a school in Rome which precipitated the families return to LA Bella Italia.

It was a magical time for the young family, as they were joined by Anna’s mother Ida and together they enjoyed daily life in Rome but also travel around the Italian country side. Anna also dedicated herself and completed a two year course to obtain her certificate from the fashion designing school of Rome (L’Istituto Artistico Dell’Abbigliamento) at the top of her class (Cum Laude). Soon thereafter, Walter accepted a director position at the Petrolium Language Center in Libya where they remained for ten years. Suzanna and Caterina , the twins were born there two months after their arrival.

Anna had many talents and interests beyond sewing, including italian cooking, knitting, tatting and also picked up drawing and water colors.

Anna and Walter shared true Christain faith. Their humanity was never confined to the walls of the home. When Walter passed 26 years ago Anna volunteered her time at Youville Hospital in Cambridge for 11 yrs. She also was very generous and supported many charities Police, Fire , St Jude’s and sponsored many children in foreign countries .

In the last few months of her life, while in hospice care in her home, she showed her generosity by sharing her life stories and exploring the life stories of her aids.

Above all, Anna was a wife, a mother and a devoted grandmother to her 11 Grandchildren. Victor , the eldest son and a longtime resident of the Uk gave her the first four grandchildren : Adam and Alex, residing in Co, Celina and Marco residing in the UK. Then Caterina gave her three more: Giulia , Matteo and Teresa, all residing in Italy, and Suzanna with husband Vittorio, living in NH, gave her Alessio, Luca, Katerina and Carlo. Her grandchildren brought her joy . Alessio and wife Maria also gave her three wonderful great grandchildren : Natalie, Danielle and Vivienne. Often they would visit and make her laugh.

She will be missed by all...

Donations in Anna's name may be made to the Franciscan Friars Conventual 12300 Folly Quarter Rd., Elliot City, MD 21043
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  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Joseph Parish- Somerville
    Address Not Available
  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
    Mt. Auburn Cemetery
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Posted at 04:00pm
She was such a kind and loving grandmother. Her love and kindness will live on and be remembered in our hearts forever. RIP Anna.❤️

Susan Ciccone

Posted at 08:44pm
from Susan Ciccone:

I was fortune to met Anna at her home in Somerville at a party her son Bob, a dear former colleague of mine, held a few summers ago. I was so impressed at how dynamic and outgoing she was when she firmly took me by the hand and showed me around her house. I thought to myself, what a treasure!

Michelle Pisa

Posted at 01:57pm
Anna was a kind, remarkable woman who will be dearly missed. I always enjoyed my many thoughtful conversations with her, and I truly admired her strength, intelligence, and compassion. My thoughts are with her beautiful family at this time. May you find comfort knowing she is now at peace.

Sr. Theresa Kovacs

Posted at 10:44am
A dear friend now with God. Rest in peace! Sincerest condolences to all the family.

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