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Anna M.  DiMeo

Anna M. DiMeo

07-31-1939 - 04-12-2020
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Obituary

Anna DiMeo, 80, longtime resident of Rutherford and recently of East Rutherford, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020 at home. Anna battled metastatic breast cancer for years and did so with grace and courage. Her passing was peaceful with her loving husband, John, by her side.

Anna went by several monikers. She was named Anne by her loving parents, Jennie and George DeTitta, upon her birth in the Bronx, NY. The Italian doctor and priest changed the spelling of her name to Anna on the certificates, a discovery made when she married. Many grade school friends call her Anne-Marie. She has nicknames of Anna Banana, Annuch and Bubbles. Family calls her Mom, Ma – and most importantly – Nonna. Her role of Nonna extended not just to her seven beautiful grandchildren, but to many in the community. Anna’s community extended well beyond Rutherford and was truly International.

Anna went to Cathedral High School in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. There she met her lifelong friends. She attended Fordham University, majoring in Philosophy. There she met John DiMeo. They married in 1962 Together they raised their three children, Daria, Anthony and Andrew. Anna worked primarily as an educator, acquiring her Master’s in Education from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City; she went on to teach at and retire from from St. Mary High School in Rutherford, NJ. She also had a career as a Set Dresser for Local 52 I.A.T.S.E where she worked on movies such as Deathtrap and Prince of the City. Her side gig was to cater home made luncheons for the Fulbright Scholarship award committee at the United Nations in New York City. Anna volunteered many hours as a grief counselor, Eucharistic Minister and a CCD teacher through the Catholic Church. Most recently she was an Academic Coach at Montclair State University, teaching fellow students and mentoring student athletes. Anna’s education never ended – she earned countless credits as an adult learner at MSU, focusing on music and Italian.

Over the years, Anna, along with John, have lived in Park Ridge, Cherry Hill, West New York, Rutherford and East Rutherford, New Jersey as well as in Santa Anna, California. Along the way countless friends were made – many lifelong – and they reside all over the globe!

Above all else, Anna cherished her family. Anna is survived by her husband John, who cared for her until the end. She is survived by her three children and their families. Her daughter Daria Ann Jerauld and her husband Bob Jerauld reside in Kansas. Her son Anthony John DiMeo and his wife April Gilmore reside in New Jersey. Her son Andrew John DiMeo, Sr. and his wife Abigail Kent reside in North Carolina. Anna is survived by her seven grandchildren: Alek Jerauld, Olyvia Jerauld, Danielle DiMeo, Nicholas DiMeo, Grace DiMeo, Virginia and Andrew John DiMeo, Jr. Anna is also survived by her two older siblings, George DeTitta and Marie DeTitta, as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Jennie DeTitta.

A private burial will be held and formal services will take place in or near Rutherford, NJ at a later date at the convenience of the family. Anna’s name will be inscribed in the perpetual book of life at the chapel of the New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa. The Monks of the Abbey built Anna's casket. Anna will be included in a Mass of remembrance to be held at New Melleray Abbey on September 30, 2020 and a tree will be planted in the Monks' private monastic forest as a living memorial to Anna. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to The Cancer Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to The Cancer Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey.
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Roseanne Pezzolla

Posted at 02:53pm
What a beautiful woman. So sorry to hear of her passing.
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Nancy Davis

Posted at 06:56pm
My sincere condolences to the DiMeo, DeTitta, and Jerauld families in their loss of Anna. My husband and I were privileged to have met Anna and John thru their daughter, Daria. The first time we were in O’Hare International Airport awaiting the arrival of Bob, Daria and their children Alek and Olyvia, when they brought the children home to America. It was a beautiful, hopeful, and happy day for all.
The next occasion was a hog roast at our home in Dubuque, Iowa. Anna was visiting Daria and Daria brought Anna over to our party. One of our friends happened to have what appeared to be a newly painted ’50 or ’51 Chevy Truck, but the running gear was much newer. It was fully loaded with AC, power steering, the works. Anna was smitten. Anna seemed like a teenager again. She draped herself over the fenders and I’m pretty sure photos were taken, but not by us. I think our friend, Earl, even took her for a spin. Everyone had fun watching her excitement over the truck.
My prayers for the family will continue. I can’t help but think what an honor for Anna to meet Jesus on Resurrection Day! Daria, my friend, keep an eye out for rainbows in the days ahead!
Much love,
Nancy Davis


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Dawn Manning

Posted at 06:52pm
Such a wonderful woman! So blessed to have known her, and be loved by her!! Mr DiMeo, my heart breaks for you and your family. May she fly high with the angels! Love and prayers for you all. Hugs, Dawn
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Gina Miele

Posted at 04:54pm
I was so very sorry to about Anna's passing. She was my student in Italian at Montclair State University. I will always remember Anna's gentle nature and her kindness toward others. She encouraged me to look to music for the greatest expression of human emotion. Her enthusiasm for her Italian heritage and the Italian language was an inspiration. I will miss her. My deepest condolences to Anna's family and friends. We were blessed to know her. Gina Miele
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David Del Principe

Posted at 04:19pm
My deepest condolences to all of Anna's family. Anna was a student in my Italian classes at Montclair State University and a role model for her classmates. I fondly remember her passion for the Italian language and culture and her warmth for others around her. She will be missed by all. David Del Principe
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