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Ann Rotella


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Ann Rotella Obituary
December 2, 1925 - February 5, 2016 Ann (Graziano) Rotella was born in East Boston, MA, to Albert Graziano and Mary Sarno Graziano, immigrants from Naples, Italy. Ann went to East Boston Grammar School and Junior High School and graduated in 1943 from Somerville High. Ann loved to sing and tap-dance and her father taught her accordion and piano. Her brother, Jerry (Gray) was a violinist who played with the big bands and then went on to become a music arranger for Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw a songwriter and band leader. Her sister Agnes was a copyist for Artie Shaw and her brother Tony was an accordion player with Jerry's bands. After graduating, Ann worked at a NY music publishing firm, where she met her future husband, Johnny Rotella. They married on December 6, 1947, and after honeymooning in Hollywood, they decided to make CA their home. Johnny became a successful studio musician and songwriter for Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day and many more. They raised five children - Geraldine, Joanne, John, Bill and Mary. Ann later became a clerk with the LAUSD, working at several elementary schools in the district, and she studied music composition and choir at Valley College. Ann had Alzheimer's the last 15 years of her life, but her family rallied beside her and Johnny was by her side every day until his passing on September 11, 2014. They had 67 dedicated years of marriage. Ann is survived by her five children and son-in-law, Peter (Rotter); seven grandchildren - Jessica, Brianna, David, John, Danielle, Mia and Mason; and two great-grandchildren - Viola and Miles. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Saturday, February 13, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood. Ann will be interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.alz.org or Alzheimer's Foundation of America www.alzfdn.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 12, 2016
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