STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Lifelong Staten Islander Louise M. D'Anna, 82, of Dongan Hills, a retired banking supervisor who loved to travel and had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother, died yesterday in New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center, Clifton, where she was admitted a few weeks ago.
Born Louise Hosmer in Rosebank, she settled in Dongan Hills in 1956. After raising her children, Mrs. D'Anna joined the workforce and was employed for 21 years by the former Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. as a supervisor in the check processing department. She retired in 1986.
Religion played a very important part in Mrs. D'Anna's life.
A parishioner of St. Ann's R.C. Church in Dongan Hills, she attended mass daily after her retirement and made countless friends in the parish. After mass most mornings, she and her friends would go out to lunch.
Mrs. D'Anna was a member of the Blue Army and St. Ann's Rosary Society, Golden Age Society and Nocturnal Adoration Society. She made two pilgrimages to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the faithful believe the Virgin Mary appeared.
When she was still able to drive regularly, Mrs. D'Anna's car displayed a bumpersticker with the legend "Pray the rosary daily."
She loved cooking for relatives and her door was always open to her grandchildren when they were in need - several lived with her for periods of their lives. She made rosary beads for family, friends and churches and was quick to offer advice.
"I'd like to express great appreciation to her home health aides, Maria Esquivel and Andrea Schmidt; my wife, Nancy; my daughter, Elizabeth; my Aunt Charlotte; my cousin, Patricia; her caring physicians, Drs. Victoriosa Pasignajen, Robert Jutkowitz, Chia-Maou Chen and Stuart Pomper; the staff of New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center and to St. Ann's Eucharistic minister Agnes Quinlan for their devotion and support during her illness," said her son, Anthony.
Mrs. D'Anna's husband, Anthony, died in 1977.
Along with her son, surviving are her daughter, Dr. Barbara D'Anna; her brothers, Michael and Joseph Hosmer; her sister, Charlotte Meise; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
LOOKUP The funeral will be Monday from the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Grasmere.
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