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Anna B. (Souza) DeModena

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, March 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00  p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE for Anna B. (Souza) DeModena, who died on Monday, March 2nd at the Kaplan Family Hospice, in Danvers in comfort & love surrounded by her family. She was 89 years old. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., EAST BOSTON at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be on Monday, March 9th at Massachusetts National Cemetery, off Connery Ave., Bourne at 1:15 p.m.

Anna was a very proud lifelong East Boston resident. She was an outstanding athlete during her years at East Boston High School. She excelled in track, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and cheerleading. Anna was either “Captain” or Co-Captain” for whatever sport she was involved in. She is an alumna of East Boston High School, Class of 1948. After high school, she worked at John Hancock Life Insurance Company for several years before she became married to her husband, Leonard DeModena. The couple remained in East Boston, where they raised their 4 children. Anna was a woman of great determination, highly organized & extremely detail oriented at every task. Her home was filled with love, happiness & joy. She was her family’s biggest fan & cheerleader; always encouraging & motivating her children in whatever they were doing.  She nurtured her children with her wisdom & love and the importance of taking the time to acknowledge any achievement her children or grandchildren attained. Anna tirelessly kept herself busy with knitting, crocheting & sewing. She made clothing, afghans and many other creations through her many talents. She also was a phenomenal cook & baker. She made many birthday cakes and even some wedding cakes, just to name a few. She had boundless amounts of energy and never restricted herself by saying she couldn’t do something. Her children exemplify that she is the epitome of the word Mother. She was a woman of grace who demonstrated her faith through her respect, honesty, kindness, love & dignity every day of her life.

She is the beloved wife of the late Leonard O. DeModena with whom she shared 56 years of marriage. Proud & loving mother of Leonard V. DeModena & late wife Delia “Dee” DeModena of Revere, Kenneth V. DeModena & wife Cheryl of Saugus, Gerard L. DeModena & wife Dawn E. of East Boston & Maria DeModena & husband Scott Melanson of Saugus. Adored grandmother of 11 grandchildren & 13 great grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Laura DeBenedictus, Edward Souza, Dorothy Joyce & Mary Leone. She is also lovingly survived by her former daughter-in-law Janet Monahan of Lynnfield and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.


Visiting Hours

Friday, March 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, East Boston


Monday, March 9th at 1:15 p.m. at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Massachusetts & Rhode Island, 133 Federal St., 2nd floor Boston, MA 02110.

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  1. Emmy Romero (Keolis)
    Mar 4 2020

    A mother teaches her children to be strong, because she knows they’ll have to face life on their own when she’s gone. It’s a tough time for you but remember your mother’s words every time you feel like you’re breaking apart from within.

    Your Keolis Family!

  2. Sandra Kelly
    Mar 3 2020

    Kenny, Cheryl and family,

    So sorry for the loss of a great woman. Reading her obituary, I can’t help but dwell on the fact that she was a wonderful Mom, grandmother and mother in law . May she rest in eternal peace. Amen

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