Anne was born to Italian immigrants on Jan 24, 1923 at home, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she grew up. Her parents were Alessio and Calogera(Catherine - the Americanized name she took on) DeSantis. Anne's name on her birth certificate is Anthonena, some called her Antoinetta, (she was named after her maternal grandmother) and she didnt really like it. So she later changed it to Anne. Her full name is Anne Catherine Fraumeni.
She is the youngest of nine children Giuseppe, Marianna, Carmela, Vittoria, Pasqualina, Vito, Victoro, Millie - really another Carmela after the death of the first one.
Although they lived in Brooklyn, they had a summer farm house in Queens, N.Y. (30 min. away). Mom loved it there because she had aunts & uncles and cousins living close by caring for the farm. She had chores to pick the vegetables for the evening dinner. She talked about walking to the butcher shop with her mom, and selecting a live chicken, and you know what butchers do, for again, the evening meal. Her mom died when Anne was 12 years old. Alessio later remarried.
In 1946 she married Philip Fraumeni from Brooklyn. They married and bought a house in Queens, N.Y. and raised two children, Nicholas and Elizabeth. They gave them a Catholic education which certainly instilled in each of them the thankfulness of all of God's blessings. Phil owned a "candy store" (with a soda fountain, toys, newspapers, penny candy, etc) It was just one block from their parish, St. Anthony of Padua. Anne would help out at the store. Anne & Phil did a lot for the church and the community. Sadly, Phil died after only 19 years of marriage, in 1965. Anne lost her "right arm" and it was rough for her through those years. Her loving family was always there to support her. We are so grateful for that!
Anne came to Dallas when her first granddaughter, Catherine, was born (1979), and Anne didn't return to N.Y. She became part of the St. Pius X community and got involved as a Sunday school teacher for toddlers; don't think she was an official "Guadalupana" but she helped in the kitchen at all their events (because she rented a room in a Hispanic household); since she came to Mass each day, she would take any school child that was feeling sick and take them to the nurse. She was a church cleaner, cleaning toilets, vacuuming - whatever needed to be done. She also helped her elderly neighbors with their housework. As a result of her kind acts she was awarded the "Yellow Rose" award by the St. Piux Ladies Society. Anne was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, which seemed like a good fit, because they do some great acts of kindness, as well.
Anne was blessed with more grandchildren, Jonathan in 1983 and Kristen in 1988. Anne adored them. She would always cook their favorites!
Sadness hit Anne again, when her son, Nicholas, died in 2004. After that, Anne's life changed, again. She surrounded herself with dear, dear friends, to help her get through that journey. God bless them!
Joy was instilled in her when the grandchildren started to arrive - Rory in 2011, Luke in 2015, Melissa in 2016, and Lily Anne in 2017. She would do anything for them and cook anything for them! Cooking and caring for her garden (whether they were flowers or vegetables) were her hobbies. Daily prayer was part of her life.
As time went on, in 2015 she entered a nursing home in Wylie. She received the Eucharist weekly, said a decade of the Rosary each day, and encouraged her last roommate to do the same. On Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 she passed away to be with our Lord. Her family is convinced Anne was lifted up by her dear Phil, son, Nick, and loving siblings - they were all awaiting her arrival - alas, the end of a generation.
Anne's family is sincerely, appreciative to all those who brought a smile to her face, had a kind word for her, or prayed for her. May the good Lord bring you peace and contentment, throughout your life.
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