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Anna Ferraretto

1923 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Anna Ferraretto Obituary
Anna M. Ferraretto, 90

St. Cloud

June 9, 1923 - October 20, 2013

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2013 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids for Anna Maria Ferraretto who died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Cherrywood Advanced Living of St. Cloud. Rev. Al Stangl will officiate and burial will be at the St. Joseph Church Cemetery in Easton, PA. Friends and family may call one hour prior to the service at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Anna was born on June 9, 1923 in Mannheim West Germany to Peter and Anna (Nenninger) Weidner. Anna worked in the clerical field in business until she met and married Wilhelm Ferraretto (yes, he was half Italian) when she was 19. They were married on November 21, 1942 in Mannheim, Germany. She and her family lived through and survived World War II with many hardships. Anna and Wilhelm had one daughter, Silvia, who was born in 1946. In 1954 they were presented with the opportunity to come to the United States as caretakers for an estate in Easton, PA. They left family, friends and home as many immigrants did in search of a better life. Anna, Wilhelm and Silvia faced many challenges, including learning a new language, missing their family and connections, working hard and adjusting to a new way of life.

In 1976, Anna lost the love of her life when Wilhelm died of cancer at age 65. She stayed at the estate serving as cook, maid, and groundskeeper until retiring in 1984. She retired to an apartment in Easton and lived there until 1997 when she relocated to St. Cloud, MN to be closer to her daughter Silvia and family. Before her stroke in 2005, Anna swam laps at the YMCA, and enjoyed hobbies such as knitting, embroidering, cooking and baking. The stroke impaired her short term memory, but she was still quite witty and had a good sense of humor. She enjoyed watching sports, especially hockey, golf, and tennis.

Anna is survived by her family whom she loved deeply. Her daughter, Silvia and son-in-law Jack Eder of St. Cloud; granddaughters, Krista Romanish of Mpls, and Heidi Romanish of Costa Rica; and great-granddaughter, Emilia of Costa Rica. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilhelm; and 3 brothers, Heinrich, Hans, and Joseph Weidner.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Oct. 22, 2013
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