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“To The Vanaria Family, Lon, Joan, Pat, Bob, Rich, and Steven, We extend to you our sincere sympathy at this time of your great loss, the passing of...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Peter and Susan Graceffa - MA

“We grieve with you for your loss, dear cousins. There are so many lovely things to remember about your wonderful Mother: her sense of humor and...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Teri (Vanaria) Donahue - MI

“Dear Joan, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose your Mom. Please know your in my thoughts. God Bless. My Deepest Sympathy is...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Kathy (O'Brien) Santaniello - FL

“Our mom was one special lady, and in fact she epitomized what it meant to be a lady. My mother could, and did, relate to everyone. Anyone who met her...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Steven Vanaria - Marlborough, MA

“I have been so lucky to have you as my mother-in-law for all these years. You always treated me like a daughter. I will miss you deeply and every...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Janet Vanaria - Lowell, MA

“To the Vanaria Family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful mom. She was the most devoted mother and wife any...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Gary Marchese - Waltham, MA

“I will alway's remember sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea and conversation with Anne, her mother Ann, and her daughter Joan, who is my long time...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Maureen Connelly - Family Friend

“Larry and family, my sincere condolences on the passing of you Mom. What a wonderful woman! Now I know where Larry got his singing talent! My...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Janice LeFort-Phillipo - MA

“Dear Vanaria family I am very sorry to hear that your mother passed away. During my Waltham days, whenever I stepped into that doorway at 210 Main...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Neil Santaniello - Boca Raton, FL

“Dear Lonnie, Joan, Patty, Bob, Richard, and Steve,I am so sorry to learn that you lost your wonderful Mom, our beloved Auntie Anne.Her unfailing...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Marilyn Vanaria Lyons - Amesbury, MA

“Granny imparted numerous life lessons on her grandchildren, but one in particular always stood out to me. Pay someone a compliment while they're...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Rob Withrow - West Roxbury, MA

“It's almost impossible for me to express how awesome my Mom was to us kids. We could tell her anything and she always gave us the best advice. She...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Joan Venuto - Dedham, MA

“Granny, You are the best grandmother any grandson could ever wish for. I learned a lot from you. How to properly drink a cup of tea , How to say my...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Johnny

“Larry & Family,I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Alicia Ragnelli - Brighton, MA

“Granny,I will always remember the times of when we would have lunch and take about stories of your childhood and also being mind-blown to the amazing...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Matthew Vanaria - MA - Grandchild

“Granny,You were only my Grandmother by marriage but it meant the world to me that you loved me as your own. I feel eternally blessed that I got to...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Kristen Venuto - Dedham, MA

“Auntie Anne was a beautiful person. She had the "Irish Gift" of weaving a story laced with humor and reality. I loved her stories of life! I feel...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Vanaria-Krygowski - Rindge, NH

“My deepest condolences to Bob and the entire family. I shall miss giving the special host to Bob at St. Michael's to take to his mother. My prayers...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: James Bretzke - Chestnut Hill, MA

“Granny, You were only my Grandmother by marriage, but thank you for loving me as one of your own. I feel so eternally lucky and blessed that I got to...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Kristen Venuto - Dedham, MA

“My sincerest condolences to the Vanaria Family. Anne was the kindest person on this earth. Heaven gained another Angel to look over all of you. ”
20 of 33 | Posted by: Denise Barry - Belleville, MI

Jessie & John's wedding.
21 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“Pat and the Vanaria familySo Sorry for your loss. May your memories give you comfort. ”
22 of 33 | Posted by: Mary Baker - Waltham, NV - Friend

“My deepest condolences to the Vanaria Family. She will be greatly missed ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: Peter Nawotny - Ayer, MA - Family

“Granny taught me many things, of which were: you should never swear because it wasn't ladylike and it makes you feel filthy. You should never let a...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Allison Nawotny - Ayer, MA

“To My Dear Mother in Law It's been a pleasure to have you in my. Life for the last 10 years . You Have been the best Mother in law anyone could ask...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Rosemary Vanaria - Marlboro, MA

“Lon, Joan, Pat, Bob, Rich, and Steve;I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother; my aunt. It has been many years since we have seen each other. I...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Joseph Vanaria - Henderson, NV

“My deepest sympathies to the Vanaria family. Mrs. Vanaria was a gem for for sure. May you find peace in your wonderful memories. Eileen Comeau ”
27 of 33 | Posted by: Eileen Comeau - Natick

“My Nana,I remember planning our wedding and wanting to celebrate it outside of church. My husband and I wanted my best friend to marry us and I...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Jessica Riccio - Saugus, MA

“How blessed I was, how fortunate I've been that you were my Mother-in-law and a great friend! I will miss you always! ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Jackie Vanaria - Carver, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the family of Anne. May she Rest In Peace after a job well done. We send our prayers to you all as you grieve. ”
30 of 33 | Posted by: Joanne and Doug Pettengill and family - MA

Larry & Jackie's rehearsal party (a few years back) “To the Vanaria family. We are deeply sorry of this sad news and hope that you will all be comforted with all the sweet memories you have made...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Elaine Kilpatrick - Londonderry, NH

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
32 of 33 | Posted by: KEN SHEA - GILFORD, NH

“My mom...I was so blessed to have her as my mother. And while many will say that she lived a long life, to me, it will never be long enough. My...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Patty Vanaria Withrow - Dedham, MA

Waltham – Anne Vanaria loved lots of things and lots of people . . . chief among them were her kids and her grandkids . . . and the feeling was mutual.

So when she drew her last breath at her Waltham home on Friday, February 16, 2018 she knew at least three things . . . that she was loved and wanted and needed. Not a bad way to go two months shy of turning 92 and being able to stay at home throughout the ups and downs of old age.

And all the kids would agree that the staying at home part and the care that they all delivered was really a reflection of the genuine and selfless affection and devotion that their mother provided for them throughout their lives. Anne was really good at the most important job in the world . . . raising her children. Bob in particular made sure that Anne's days were filled with love, attention, and a really great meal.

Anne was also a movie buff . . . especially of Hollywood musicals and Christmas classics, a talented singer, an accomplished pianist . . . and even though not Italian by birth . . . made the best spaghetti sauce and meatballs anywhere. Her recipes always included dashes of spices and loads of love.

Holidays and birthdays, held at home with a small army of relatives, were always special occasions to celebrate her unwavering faith and her devotion to family.

Anne was born in Waltham on April, 25, 1926, a daughter of the late James and Anna (Ridgewell) Martin, and was a lifelong resident. On September 5, 1948 she married the love of her life, Waltham native Chrispian L. Vanaria, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Saint Charles Borromeo Church on Hall Street.

Chris had been an 'Iwo Jima' Marine just a couple of years earlier and when he got out of the service happily took a job as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service where he worked out of their Newtonville office for almost thirty years. Anne and Chris enjoyed forty-eight happy years together before his death on January 11, 1997.

She leaves her children, Lawrence A. Vanaria (Jackie) of Carver, Joan E. Venuto (Joseph) of Dedham, Patricia M. Withrow (Robert, Jr.) of Dedham, Robert C. Vanaria of Waltham, Richard J. Vanaria (Janet) of Lowell and Steven P. Vanaria (Rosemary) of Marlborough; her grandchildren, Jessica Riccio (John), Debra Vanaria, James Vanaria (Adrienne), Johnny Venuto (Erica Crossen), Eric Venuto (Kristen), Joseph Venuto (Leah), Robbie Withrow (Erin), Danny Withrow (Christina), Matthew Vanaria (Alicia), Allison Nawotny (Peter); her step-grandson, Justin McDonald (Jessica Ryder); her great-grandchildren, Ryan Venuto, Bernadette Withrow and Charlotte Venuto; her brother and sister, David Martin of Brockton and Elizabeth R. Cotoni of Leominster and many nieces and nephews.

Anne was also the grandmother of the late Jeffrey Venuto and sister of the late James Martin.

Family and friends will honor and remember Anne's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, February 20th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

And to quote from one of her favorites, A Christmas Carol . . . "A triumph, my dear, another triumph!" . . .