Anna Marie (“Annie” Angelo) Padia
Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend - passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. She was 92. Annie had an easy temperament, a positive attitude and presence and a quick smile that lit up any room. She treated everybody with equanimity.
Annie was a resident of Claremont Assisted Living in Bremerton, where she and her husband, Jack I. Padia, have lived for the past eight years. Hospice of Kitsap County was a source of compassionate health care the last few months of her life.
Born in Bari, Italy, Annie came to the United States in 1933, 12 years after her father – who came here to escape Benito Mussolini’s rule – earned and saved enough money to send for her and her mother. She attended grade school in Port Townsend and was eager to learn English and to become a good U. S. citizen. While at school she worked as a secretary in the office and wrote for the school newspaper; she graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1942 and obtained U.S. citizenship in 1943.
She met her husband in 1942 at the Port Townsend USO where she was a hostess and he was a soldier stationed at Fort Worden. They fell instantly in love and were married in 1943 before Jack was sent to the Aleutian Islands, then to Europe in World War II.
The couple lived in Port Townsend, WA for 55 years – where they raised four daughters – before retiring and moving to Silverdale, WA in 1988. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in August of this year.
Annie was employed for several years at Crown Zellerbach in Port Townsend, before taking a job with a Certified Public Accountant where she learned skills in bookkeeping, payroll and income taxes. Several years later she started her own bookkeeping business doing accounting, payrolls and income taxes for small businesses in the area.
She was an active member of Eagles Auxiliary No. 182 in Port Townsend where she served seven years as secretary. She managed twice-weekly Bingo games as fundraisers for the group, an activity she thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, Annie served seven years as District secretary for the organization.
Annie believed that everybody could find something they enjoyed doing in the kitchen; she loved to bake and cook international dinners and nearly always wore a home-sewn apron. Every holiday she made an amazing array of cookies.
She was an avid Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies fan. She and Jack held season tickets for both teams.
Annie attended weekly Mass at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Townsend and never missed a week.
She is survived by her husband; a brother (Frank Angelo in Puyallup, WA); daughters - Anna Marie Padia (Laura Walker), Silverdale, WA; Dianna Lee Eversole (Joe), Bremerton, WA; Linda Ann Padia (Mark App), Gig Harbor, WA and Mary Frances Padia-McSweeney (Bill), Forest Grove, OR; grandchildren Julian (Cynthia) Mushkin, San Diego, CA; Robyn Mushkin, Portland, OR; Gwendolyn Sands-Cole (Tim Hullette), Port Angeles, WA; Joani Blake (Casey), Gig Harbor, WA; and three great- grandchildren: Chelsea Parry, Gig Harbor, WA; Aron Blake; Khailee Cole, Forks, WA; Alexandra Mushkin, San Diego, CA; and by niece and nephew Frank Angelo, Jr. and Dinece (Dan) Browne; great nieces Emily and Madison Browne; and cousins and friends.
Cremation was arranged by Tuell-McKee Funeral Services of Bremerton. The family plans a private memorial on Sunday, Oct. 27, which would have been Annie’s 92nd birthday.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may make a donation in Annie’s name to Alzheimer’s Association (1-800-272-3900). Mention the name Anna M. or Annie Padia.