Age 87 of Maplewood, Anita died peacefully at home on January 20, 2022 after a life well-lived and well-shopped. Preceded in death by her parents, Nunzio and Neva; husband Michael; brothers Richard, Jimmy (Pat), and Jerry (Dauna). Survived by brother Bobby (Sandy); daughters Lora (Jimmy) Hansen and Samantha (Edward) Carroll; grandchildren Zach (Maddie), Jake, and Alex; and great-grandson Riley.
Anita was a cradle-to-grave Catholic who grew up on 13th Street in St. Paul. She attended St. Louis Grade School and Mechanic Arts High School, where she met her future husband of 60 years on a blind date. She worked in food service her entire life, and at age 80, Anita retired from Dayton’s/Macy’s, where she had been running circles around her younger coworkers. You can bet the deli was spotless when she worked there!
Anita will be remembered for her keen sense of fashion, sharp eye for deals, spotless All-Clad pans, outstanding pasta sauce, generous gift-giving spirit, and fiscal responsibility. She could talk to anyone, anywhere, and learn their entire life story. Anita knew something about everyone, and when revisiting her favorite shops, we have been astounded by the number of people who ask about her. Mom left an impression wherever she went. She was one-of-a-kind, and a product of her time.
A special thank you to all the folks who dropped off cards, called and visited. Your support and kindnesses brought comfort to mom in her final days. Her daughters are so grateful to her work friends, puzzle-table pals at Cardinal Pointe, the Regions ER staff and Hospice staff.
As always, Anita has the last say, and she requests no service. The family plans a private Fort Snelling ceremony in the spring.
Donations can be made to St. Jude's Hospital or the Union Gospel Mission, two causes mom supported in her later years.