Anna Marie Barry (D’Errico) – October 22, 1934 – November 22, 2021
Lady Lake, FL – Anna Barry loved God, life and all her family and friends in it. She died peacefully at home on Monday, November 22, 2021, surrounded by love and family. Anna was 87.
Anna Marie Barry, lovingly known to most family members as ‘Annie’ was born October 22, 1934, in Worcester, MA and a daughter of Italian immigrants Matteo and Isabella (Piccinino) D’Errico.
Anna grew up in Shrewsbury, MA and in 1953 Anna married Richard ‘Dick’ Barry, and they went on to spend 68 years together. The two of them raised three wonderful children, Richard Jr., Joseph and Dawn. Anna and Dick moved to Standish, ME in 1979 and spent many years there enjoying the ocean, beaches, country dancing and many friends. In 2002, they retired to The Villages in Lady Lake, FL, where Anna spent time swimming, tap dancing, walking, and being a friend to anyone who crossed her path. Anna was a great cook and baker and often shared her feasts with friends and family, with her homemade spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, Italian cookies, and frittata being just some of her favorites. Through the years Anna took pride in meticulously maintaining her home and taking care of her family.
Anna was an amazing mother and grandmother. She lovingly spent many hours making homemade knitted and crocheted blankets, slippers, hats, mittens, scarfs, crafts, painting, ceramics and more for her friends and family. She made many, many prayer shawls throughout the years for loved ones and far more for people she didn’t even know.
Through the years she attended concerts and plays, sporting events, graduations, and any ceremonies that her family and friends were a part of. She especially enjoyed the title of Grammy that was lovingly bestowed upon her by her six grandchildren Andrew, Keith, Connor, Jay, Reed and Matthew, and her two great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Charlotte. As she scoured the newspaper and any publications, she found anything with positive, religious, and uplifting phrases or messaging, clipped it, and would put it in the mail along with her beautifully handwritten letters or cards. She made a sweet box of memories for all her loved ones without ever realizing it with those clippings, letters, little notes and cards. She loved stationary, stickers, pretty writing paper and envelopes. Anna never needed a reason to send someone a loving card or letter – it was just who she was.
Anna was a talented crafter and for years contributed several of her items to the annual Christmas fair at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Gorham, ME and St. Mark The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Summerfield, FL. She also blessed her family with many quilts, aprons, homemade Christmas stockings, ornaments, and special items she created. Anna was an avid reader, fiercely patriotic and loved Italian music.
Anna could often be found enjoying prayerful time at St. Mark’s “Our Lady of Lourdes Prayer Garden and Grotto” up until her final days. She was grateful and thankful for her time on earth and always gave thanks to God. Anna attended the formal Dedication and Blessing of the Grotto on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and purchased a Family Brick to be included in its walkway.
Anna held a few positions throughout her life and spent her last working years winning sales awards as a Lead Lobby Host at The Villages Sales Offices at Lake Sumter Landing in the Town Center. greeting potential and new residents. She loved talking to people and no one was ever a stranger to Anna. She smiled and lit up a room.
Anna is predeceased by her parents Matteo and Isabella (Piccinino) D’Errico.
Anna is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Richard Barry, her children Richard Barry Jr. (Caroline), Joseph Barry, and Dawn Knight (Edward Fertig), six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, her sister, Mary Wigglesworth, and many nieces and nephews.
Anna loved all things Maine, outdoors and animals: walking, being by the beach, sunshine, tending to her yard, flowers, butterflies, puffy white clouds and vacations (camping) in York Beach, ME and Sandy Point Beach in Providence, RI. True to her Italian heritage Anna was a fantastic cook. She took their refrigerator with her to Heaven to cook for the angels.
In death Anna joins her siblings Julio, Andrew, Michael, Matteo, Vincent (Jim) D’Errico, and Josephine Ceffalo.
Family and friends will honor and remember Anna’s life by gathering at St. Mark The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at 7081 SE Hwy 42, Summerfield, FL 34491 at Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:00 am.
At a later date, family and friends will honor, remember and celebrate Anna’s life by gathering at Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery also in Shrewsbury, MA.
In lieu of flowers and sympathy, please consider a Memorial to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of Anna. This charity was an especially important part of Anna’s life. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959. Sentiments may be left online at www.baldwincremation.com.