ASARO, ANTONINA "ANNIE" 105.11 Annie Asaro passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2011, just 13 days from celebrating her 106th birthday. She was born December 5, 1905 in Huntsville, Texas, daughter of Antonina and Andrew Giuffre. She passed away in her sleep with family by her bedside. When Annie was five months old, her family moved to San Antonio, Texas where her father owned and operated a show repair shop while her mother ran a grocery store. They moved to Escondido in 1922 when Annie was 17 years old. Annie met Nicolo Asaro from San Diego and they were married in October 1926 and had two children. Nick passed away in 1987 after 61 years of marriage. They decorated their house at 5th and Kalmia at Christmas time for 17 years until Nick became sick. The guest books show that thousands came to view their display each year. They were given a trophy for a decorating contest in 1973. Annie made the costumes for the displays. She had many friends and belonged to several clubs: Rebecca's Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Auxiliary and The Grandmothers Club of Escondido which has had three generations of Annie's family. She collected for the "March of Dimes" and won a trophy for selling the most poppies for the VFW organization. Annie worked from 17 to 65 at all the packing houses in Escondido packing tomatoes, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. She retired to take care of her ailing mother, who lived to be 100 and six months, and later take care of her ailing husband who died from cancer at the age of 87. Annie moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in 1998 and remained in Escondido. She loved to play Bingo and go to Las Vegas, and after the casinos opened near Escondido, she played blackjack and was quite well known at the local casinos. Annie is survived by her son, Frank (Lucille) Asaro of El Cerrito, CA; daughter, Marie (Jack) Scudder of Escondido; grandchildren, Franks Asaro of Escondido; Antonina "Nina" (Butch) Smith of Modesto, CA; Catherine Asaro (John) Cannizzo of Maryland; Marianna (Gary) Lee of Beaumont, CA; John (Kara) Scudder of Temecula, CA, and Joseph (Janessa Garcia) Scudder of Orange, CA. She has four great-grandchildren. Annie was cherished by her family and leaves a lasting impression on all who knew her. Viewing will be at Funeraria Del Angel McLeod on Thursday, December 1st, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2nd, with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Donations to be give to The Escondido Grandmothers Club in care of Treasurer, Marilyn Porretta, 1230 West 13th Ave., Escondido, CA 92025.

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1919 East Valley Pkwy Escondido, CA 92027
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Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 29, 2011