Anna Rose De Filippo
Anna was born October 5, 1917 in Schenectady, NY to Joseph and Angela Mazzacua. She died July 16, 2014 at age 96 ½ in Titusville, FL, quietly at home with her son Armand. She was married for 66 years to Gaston B. De Filippo (deceased 2006), with whom she lived in upstate NY, throughout the U.S., and in Europe. She is survived by her son in Titusville, several nieces and nephews, and other relatives in the U.S. and Europe. One of special note is Cynthia (Cindy) Ravida of Schenectady, daughter of her eldest sister Rose and with whom she was very close. These are the basic facts, but I, Anna's only child, wish to paint a short, but fuller picture of who my mother in essence is.
I remember mamma:
Your complete devotion to family. The years of love and attention you gave me while growing up and beyond. The favors bestowed on other family and friends, often enough without their knowing you were there for them. You never required recognition. During the lean years you denied yourself a new dress so that I might have a new toy. You are what every mother should be.
Mamma, I remember:
How integral a support you were to the work of your husband Gus, an engineer who devoted a lifetime of civilian service to his country, from the refinement of radar during WWII to the best of what the space industry has become today. You number among the millions of unsung, upstanding patriots of that special, great generation we may never see the likes of again.
How proud you were of me during more prosperous times, the first in our family to graduate college, and how elegant you looked returning for graduation in California from assignment in Europe and in the latest fashions of Paris and Milan. You remained so very beautiful for so many years.
I remember well:
Your inner beauty of giving service freely to the community, such as your tireless years of work with the 'pink ladies' at Titusville's old Parrish Hospital.
Yes, mamma, I remember:
How strong you remained these last years: lucid, bright, alive, mobile (albeit with walker). What joy 'Miss Anna' gave to people just in passing! That smile! They say that I, a good son, took care of you for the last nine years or so, but they fail to recognize that you, such a good mom, were taking better care of me as well. You are among the fortunate seniors who are actively able to serve others well to the end.
Oh, mamma, I will continue to remember these and many other examples of fine character as long as I am able.
Requiescat in pace. Enjoy this rest you so deserve.
Special thanks to all those in the medical profession who have given so much to Miss Anna for so long. You don't have to be named discreetly. You know who you are, and you are wonderful. More important, mamma thought so too.
Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville. Online condolences may be shared at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.
North Brevard Funeral Home
1450 Norwood Avenue Titusville, FL 32796
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from July 19 to July 20, 2014