November, 1913 - April 4, 2013
No services are planned for Anne J. Pierce, who passed from this life at age 99 on April 4, 2013 in Carson City Nevada. Anne was born November of 1913 in Sicily to Salvatore and Josephine (DiMauro) Bartolotta. In August of 1914, her family immigrated to the Unites States, settled in Hartford, Connecticut, and later relocated to Cromwell, Connecticut. She proudly became a citizen of this country in November of 1943. She attended school in Cromwell and at the age of 16 began working in a textile mill until the start-up of World War II when she, like so many at that time, worked in various jobs to help the war effort. These included working for a company that made machine gun belts and for another operating a machine that made 37-millimeter shells. In addition to her employment, she was a frequent blood donor and was a trained volunteer with the Red Cross.
Shortly after the war, she met her future husband, Frank and traveled with him to Nevada to be married in Virginia City in 1948. While in Nevada, both she and Frank worked at the newly opened Mapes Hotel: she as a housekeeper and he as a waiter in the Sky Room. In May of that same year, they relocated to the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, where she worked at various jobs until the birth of her only child, Gary. Anne became very active in the community, participating in the PTA, Cub Scouts, Little League and Women’s Club. During this time, she and her husband purchased a small restaurant, which she helped operate for several years.
Upon her husband’s retirement, they sold the restaurant and spent most of their time traveling in their camper and seeing the country. They eventually settled in Desert Hot Springs where Anne remained active pursuing her favorite hobbies of music, sewing, gardening, bird watching, arts and crafts, and participating in social gatherings in their retirement community. In 1986, they moved to Chico, California to be closer to their son and his family. They continued to travel in their camper as often as they were able, with the highlight being a cross-country trip in 1991 on Amtrak to Connecticut and back. Anne’s husband passed away in 1995 and in 2004, she made the decision to move to Carson City in order to be closer to her family. Anne continued to pursue her hobbies and although her mobility and vision became impaired, she remained as active as possible and, until the last two months of her life, was able to live on her own with the help of her family and Home Health Aides.
Her son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Vicki of Carson City and her granddaughter, Kelsey of Southern California survive her. Survivors also include several nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren, along with many cousins still living in Connecticut and surrounding States.
Her family wishes to thank the following: all of her Home Caregivers, for their help and attentiveness to her needs; the staff at Evergreen Mountain View, for their care during her final illness; and her doctor and the staff at Carson Medical Group, for the excellent medical attention given her during her time in Carson City.
A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date.