Of Revere. Passed away on Tuesday, April 25th at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 94 years old. Anna was born in New Bedford, MA on January 1, 1929, to her late parents, Wilfred and Annie (Kennedy) Gill. She was one of six children raised and educated in New Bedford, MA. She was an alumna of Sacred Heart Academy in Fairhaven, MA, class of 1947. Anna married her husband, Carmine “Carl” DiFiore, on August 5, 1950. The couple settled in Revere, MA where they raised their family. Anna was a loving and devoted mother to her five children.
Anna worked as a Dental Hygienist for Dr. Edward Spinelli, retiring at the age of 68 after 30 years. She spent her spare time keeping a beautiful garden and cooking home-cooked meals for everyone she loved. Anna was an avid reader and created beautiful quilts and blankets for her family and closest friends. Anna loved her family unconditionally and treasured spending time with them. She was a woman who was very strong willed, punctual, and exceptionally organized. All of these features were accompanied by her quick wit. Anna was still very active and living independently until her recent illness.
She was the beloved wife for 31 years to the late Carmine “Carl” DiFiore. She was the loving mother of Nancy D. Santoro, husband Carmine of Stoneham; Carl J. DiFiore, wife Terry Petronzio of Gloucester; Joseph T. DiFiore, wife Janice DiFiore of No. Conway, NH; William J. DiFiore, wife Sharon DiFiore of Reading; and Cynthia A. Moore, husband Robert of Salem, NH. Nana cherished her 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was a dear sister to Joseph Gill, wife Maria of New Bedford; the late Cynthia Parsons, Mary Lopes, Patricia Fernades, and John Gill. She is lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Family and friends were invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, April in the Vertuccio, Smith, and Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere. A funeral was conducted from the funeral home on Monday followed by a funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Interment immediately followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.