Anna Mary DePaolo Valliere went home to glory on Monday, January 21, 2019.
She was born in Hartford on July 24, 1948 to the late Charles and Elda Tarquinio DePaolo. As a teenager, she met the love of her life, Arthur Valliere. They married on July 9, 1966. Mom loved many things, but she very much loved her family, cooking for all of us, watching and reading British mysteries, and serving in children's ministry, and she really really loved the sea!
Mom had a servant's heart, always the first to volunteer, and she loved to cook for people, especially in times of need. She was Italian, after all, and therefore genetically predisposed to feeding people. When something really tickled her funny bone, Mom's laugh was contagious - she would shake all over, with her face red and tear-streaked, and laughing so hard it was silent. And you just had to laugh at her laughing! We will all miss that, and her sauce, and her love, so very much.
Rejoicing in her homecoming but mourning our loss are her husband Art of Enfield, daughter Karen Fiume of East Hartford, and son and daughter-in-law Scott and Sheila Gonzalez Valliere of Enfield, with whom she and Art made their home. We are her legacy, with her grandchildren Adam and Brenda Gooley of Bloomfield, David and Lauren Dobson of East Hartford, Carlos Valliere of Enfield, Jessenia Mass and Adan Flores of Hartford, Ricardo Mass, Anneliese Valliere, and Tomas Valliere (Tomas really loved his grandma!) of Enfield, as well as her greatgrands Jolene, Luke, and Elias Dobson, and Isabella Flores. She was also the daughter of Therese DePaolo of East Longmeadow, and big sister to Robert and Carol Bernier of Springfield, Lance and Dorrie Campisi of Vero Beach, FL, and John and Kathy (Brat) Riding of Ellington. Her son-in-law Joseph Fiume predeceased her in August 2018, and her baby brother Chuckie in 1968. Mom also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Calling hours will be Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10am-12pm, followed by a service celebrating Mom's life, at Scout Hall Youth Center, 28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.