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Analia M. “Ann” (Thome) Vadala, 96, passed away Monday December 19, 2016, at the Seacoast Nursing Home after a brief illness. Born in Gloucester on December 13, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Frank S. and Mary (Simas Machado) Thome. She was the wife of Pasquale “Pat” Vadala, with whom she celebrated 64 years of marriage before his death in 2005. She was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1938, and was active on the class reunion committee, keeping records for all her classmates. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish, and the Guild of Our Lady, where she served on several boards and committees. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, and Past President of the Golden Age Club. While raising her family she was a PTA President and the Cub Scout den mother. She found great satisfaction as a travel agent and manager for Bob Smith’s Travel, a 20-year career that began in the early 1960s and introduced her to travel. Ann and Pat enjoyed many trips including those to Hawaii, Alaska, the National Parks of the Northwest, Europe, California, Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and trips to New York City. She especially enjoyed the road trips with her cousin Angie (Francis) Sutherland and her husband Bill when they traveled the southwest United States. She was especially proud of her family heritage and traditions. Among her favorite stories was how she met her husband, Pat, through her friend and classmate, Vicki (Vadala) Naves, his younger sister. The typical grandmother, she adored her eight grandchildren and her 15 great-grandchildren and the time she spent with them going to countless baseball and football games, dance recitals, plays, and school functions; and was especially proud that all her grandchildren were college graduates. Ann was an avid walker, and especially enjoyed walking the Boulevard with her children and nieces, Vicki and Jackie. It was her favorite place and family members who came to visit her would often times take that walk with her.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Vadala-DeCharles, and her husband, Philip of Ashburnham, Mass.; her son, Peter and his wife, Denise of Gloucester; her daughter-in-law, Judith and her husband, Bob Rixom of Vero Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Shawn Vadala, and his wife, Rebecca of New Albany, Ohio, Beth Ann Zerilli and her husband, Sal of Rockport, Amy Henderson and her husband, Chris of Wolcott, N.J., Mark Vadala of Gloucester, Josh Vadala and his wife, Courtney of Peabody, Dan Vadala and his wife, Lisa of Newbury, Annemarie DeCharles of Pittsburg, Pa., and Danielle DeCharles of Arlington, Va.; and 15 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her close friend and sister-in-law, Ethel Vadala of Gloucester, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Patrick A. Vadala; her sister, Matilda and brother-in-law, Leland Digou; brother-in-law, Arthur Johnson; her sister, Hilda and brother-in-law, John Amero; and her in-laws, Mary and Serafino “Sofi” Pallazola, Veronica “Vicki” and Eugene Naves, John and Mary Vadala, Dominic and Adeline Vadala, and Frank Vadala.
Her funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday, December 31, at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 9:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Friday evening, December 30, in the Greely Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Seacoast Nursing Home, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, or Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 23, 2016
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