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Anella A. Belisle


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Anella A. Belisle Obituary
Anella Anna Belisle, 95, passed away February 14, 2018, in Westminster, CA. Born March 2, 1922, in Philadelphia, PA, she was a long-time resident of Oceanside, CA. Anella was the daughter of Anthony and Catherine Naudziunas, who emigrated from Lithuania in 1913 but returned by 1933, along with Anella and her brother, Alphonse. In 1939, however, WWII had started in Europe, and by 1940 Russia was annexing Lithuania. Being an American citizen, Anellas parents arranged for her return to the USA. At age 18, she traveled by herself through Germany, Holland, Sweden, and Finland, boarding the US Army transport ship American Legion bound for NYC. Anella would never see her parents or her brother again. Staying with an aunt in Philadelphia during WWII, Anella, or Nell to her friends, worked in the electronics industry as part of the war effort. Nell eventually met her husband of 51 years, Joseph P. Belisle, while he was a shipfitter at the Navy Yard. After WWII, Nell married Joe in California, and they lived in Manchester, NH, for a few years afterwards. Moving to Shrewsbury, MA, in 1956, Joe worked as plant manager at Machinery Electrification in Northborough and assistant vice president of Carrington Co. in Leominster. They enjoyed traveling, sailing, gardening, and especially visiting friends and family. Besides being a homemaker, Nell loved sewing, and for many years, she was a professional seamstress. In 1988 they retired to Oceanside, CA. Joe, the love of her life, passed away in January 1997. In California, Anella is survived by her loving son and daughterinlaw, William and Belinda Belisle, two grandchildren Michael and Steven, and greatgrandson Noah. No service at her request. She will rest next to her husband at the Old Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside, CA.
Published in The Northborough Villager from Mar. 1 to Mar. 16, 2018
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