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Anna Ward




Anna Ward, 99 of Wolcott, CT passed away peacefully in her home on December 12, 2023. She was born on May 25th, 1924, to parents Dominic and Martha Tolassi. 

Anna worked at the Bristol Hospital for many years before retiring from there. She was the proud wife of World War II Veteran James Ward to whom she was married for 65 years before his death.

Anna especially enjoyed family vacations in Cape Cod, spending many summers at the beach. She was an excellent cook and loved to make food for her friends and family. She also liked to spend time at the casino and playing card games with family. She was an avid storyteller, spinning tales from her life to everyone. Her grandchildren will always fondly remember her bedtime stories from when they were children.

Anna is survived by her daughter Arline Linger, son Stephen Ward, son in law Loren Linger, daughter in law Kim Ward, sisters in law Ann Ward, Eileen Lombardo, Marie Conway, and Kay Barrett, grandson Jason Bushy, granddaughters Sarah Meyer, Katie Linger, and Anna Grace Tanner, granddaughter in law Alice Wentworth, grandsons in law Bob Meyer and Bo Tanner, and great granddaughters Arianna and Autumn as well as many family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Dominic and Martha Tolassi, loving husband of 65 years, James H Ward, son James H Ward, sisters Santina Gogain, Pauline Colella, Mary Cavalieri, Helen Dunshee, and Phyllis Pirro, and brothers Angelo Tolassi and Frank Tolassi.

Anna was a longtime advocate for healthy eating and organic foods. She believed fully in the importance of taking care of herself. In lieu of flowers, please send support/donate to one of her favorite family farms, Amazing Love Farm at 743 Boundline Road in Wolcott, CT 06716.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, longtime Zulemarie and recently Sandy and Ferka for their tremendous support and care. Her special friends Kerin and her family and her son Stephen and nephew Bob for being with her and giving her the best care possible. And especially Denise, who came to her home to do her hair.

Although the world is a little darker from her passing, her light continues to shine brightly in the lives she touched along her way. She will be missed.


A funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, December 18th at 12 noon at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT.

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