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Anna M. (Spinale) DiFranco

Obituary for Anna M. (Spinale) DiFranco

September 23, 1924 - October 18, 2020
of Stoneham, formerly of Medford & the West End of Boston, Massachusetts | Age 96


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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Stoneham, MA 02180
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