Anna M. (Spinale) DiFranco

  • Born: September 23, 1924
  • Died: October 18, 2020
  • Location: of Stoneham, formerly of Medford & the West End of Boston, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Anna by adding your memories and photos.

Anna M. (Spinale) DiFranco of Stoneham, formerly of Medford and the West End of Boston passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020. She was 96 years of age.

Born on September 23, 1924 in Boston, Anna was the loving daughter of the late Joseph Spinale and Rose (Bramante) Spinale. She was a warm and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Anna will be remembered for her sense of humor, fun, friendship and laughter. She will also be remembered for her stories of friends and family and fond memories of growing up in the West End neighborhood of Boston.

She will be remembered for her cooking (especially her Meatballs) during Sunday dinner gatherings, holidays and vacations at the family beach house in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

She performed as "Jingles the Clown" at the St. Charles Children's Home (now St. Charles School) in Rochester, NH. Anna regularly visited her parents' ancestral city of Augusta, Sicily where she enjoyed seeing her relatives, Michela (Spinali) Traina and family.

Anna was the loving and beloved wife of the late Peter P. DiFranco, the devoted mother of Annemarie MacElhiney, Debra Hazelton and her husband Stephen, Peter J. DiFranco and his wife Kim and Paul DiFranco and his wife Kim, the cherished grandmother of Mark, Keith and his wife Marcia, Melissa and her husband Rich, Michele and her husband Frank, Danielle and her husband Matt, Christopher, Jessica and Michael, the doting great-grandmother of Anthony, Marco, Patricia and her husband Stefano, Olivia, Gianna, John and April. Anna was the dear sister of the late Joseph Spinale, Domenic Spinale, Frank Spinale, Josephine Lemeir, Lee Schell, Connie Marchio, Frances Bellis and Mary Ragusa. Anna is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service Celebrating Anna's Eternal Life will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 10:30am in the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family prior to the Service beginning at 9am. Parking attendants and elevator are available. Per MA regulations, face coverings must be worn while at the Funeral Home and not more than 40% capacity will be allowed in at one time. Interment St. Michael's Cemetery, Roslindale.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Anna by making donations in her memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

My heart felt condolences to the DeFranco family. I was deeply saddened upon hearing of dear, dear Aunt Anna. I am so sorry I did not have the opportunity to bid Aunt Anna farewell. I honestly loved her. She was very special to me, and I will sincerely miss her. She was truly blessed to have such a loving family. May you find comfort in God, who gave you such a wonderful person to love.

Aunt Anna's Dear friend,
Jo Ray.

Posted by Josephine Ray - Somerville, MA - Friend   October 27, 2020

Annemarie, My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in fond memories of her life.

Posted by Judy Smith Reid - Groveland, MA - Family Friend   October 24, 2020

Sadly,today, I attended my Aunt Anna's funeral services, she was a spit-fireA Lover of life- and will be greatly missed by her beautiful family. Her family had a carefully thought out day planned for their family and guests. I pray they all find peace and comfort. Rest in eternal peace With our Dear Lord Aunt Anna with our beloved Uncle Pete. Niece a Roseann.

Posted by Roseann Chardo - Gloucester, MA - Family   October 22, 2020

Aunt Anna holds a special place in my heart. She had great energy, wit, and a passion for life. She was always cutting out a recipe, reminiscing about a happy time, and curious. My deepest sympathies to Deb, Annemarie, Peter, and Paul and all the DiFranco family. With love.

Posted by Lois Berardi - ORMOND BEACH, FL - Family   October 21, 2020

Myself and my brother Joe and sister Cathy are so sorry to hear of Anna's passing. Our parents Mary and Frank Curro always spoke so wonderfully of her, her family and friends. May she have eternal peace in heaven and be reunited with those who have passed. We wish you all peace at this difficult time.

With prayers and sympathy, Marie Curro Bolton

Posted by Marie Bolton - Chelmsford, MA - Friend   October 21, 2020

Pete, Sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts are with your and your family...Kurt

Posted by Kurt Hespeler - MA - Friend   October 21, 2020

Dearest Aunt Anna, You will be greatly missed and loved by everyone that knew you. Your personality and humor and big beautiful smile and heart will always be remembered. Thank you for your beautiful friendship and guidance and thoughtfulness shown to my mum and my family. I pray you rest in eternal peace with Uncle Pete and all our loved ones. I will always remember you and never forget you.
To Annemarie and Debbie and Peter and Paul,
I send you my deepest condolences and sincerity. Time has a way of lessening this heartache. You need each other for strength and love. Every day thoughts that will remind you of the love we're given and shared and raised.
Love, cousin, Roseann.

Posted by Roseann Chardo - Gloucester, MA - Family   October 20, 2020


She is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays always remember The good times you had with her

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   October 20, 2020

Pete ... my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Bill Sibilia - Mansfield, MA - Friend   October 20, 2020

We are truly sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Anna, She was the most kind, sincere person and a wonderful godmother to my husband. Her laughter will always be heard. Jim, her godson's fondest memories were of his growing up with his cousin Annemarie and always sharing runtimes during the summer. She made me always feel so welcome into her family, and we are all blessed to have had her in our life.

Posted by Carla And Jim Ferraguto - onset, MA - Family   October 20, 2020

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