Anne F. Paradiso, 85, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Naples, Fla.
She was born Aug. 9, 1928, in New York.
Anne’s parents, Luigi and Maria (nee Regina) Toto, were immigrants from Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. Her father was a shoemaker, and her mother died at age 44 from breast cancer. Her father remarried, and Anne was one of seven siblings. She became the core of her family, helping to raise her younger sister, Fran.
Anne attended Public School 106 in Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y., where she grew up and met Don J. Paradiso. They were married Nov. 28, 1948. Together they had eight children — seven boys and one girl. Anne resided at Homewood Residence of Naples, following 35 years as a resident of Rotonda West, Fla. She previously lived in Mount Arlington, N.J., near Lake Hopatcong, where she and her husband Don operated a summer amusement concession at Bertrand’s Island Park.
Anne met many friends through her church, St. Francis of Assisi in Grove City, Fla., and numerous civic organizations. She was a faithful member for over 30 years, and volunteered and organized a multitude of activities, including bingo and rummage sales. Her faith was integral in her life, and a main source of comfort.
She loved her macramé, ceramics, flowers, plants and feeding the cranes in her backyard. Anne was a skilled baker and cook, creating amazing holiday feasts for her large family that brought her tremendous joy. The accomplishment she valued the most was being a devoted wife and mother.
Anne always treated people with a smile and kind words. She was known for her compassionate, loving manner and warm embrace.
Anne is survived by two siblings, Fran Gillette of Netcong, N.J., and Michael Toto of Englewood, Fla; stepsister, Mary Faiella of New Rochelle, N.Y.; her husband of 65 years, Don (age 95); children, Gerard (Karen) of St. Augustine, Fla., Don (Jane) of Naples, Eugene (Marilyn) of Mount Arlington, Joseph of Clinton, N.J., Thomas (Cheryl) of Sparta, N.J., and Grace of White Plains, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons, Gregory and Michael.
A viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grove City, with a reception in the parish hall following interment at Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood. You may express your condolences to the family at www.lemonbayfh.com.
Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.