Born in Acitrezza, Sicily, Italy, on July 12, 1927 to Giuseppe and Domenica Patane, Anna (age 87) peacefully passed away Friday, February 27, 2015, after a long illness.
Anna immigrated to Galveston in 1972 to join her brothers and sister already residing here. She was a devoted family member, amazing all with her authentic cooking skills. She was a member of the Catholic community of St. Mary’s Cathedral parish, Catholic Daughters of America #228, and the Italian-American Association.
Preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Bastiano Patane (Galveston), her sisters Domenica D’Ambra (Galveston) and Nerina Messina (Venezuela), Anna is survived by her lifelong best friend and sister, Lena Patane Strickland, and her brother, Tony Patane and wife, Rosetta. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews in Texas, in Sicily, and in Venezuela, as well as her dear cousin, Edna Patane Grillo and husband, Joe. Anna’s family is grateful for the devoted support of Lucia Fichera, Sandra Greco, and Dorothy Hopkins.
The family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 5th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. All are welcomed to attend the recitation of the Holy Rosary by Deacon John Pistone at 6:30 pm.
A funeral Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Father EJ Stein, OFM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 6th. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock.
Carrying Zia Anna to her resting place are some of her nephews and dear friends: Joseph Patane, Dr. Anello D’Ambra, James D’Ambra, Ricky Mansfield, Mark Smith, and Filippo Greco. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews from Venezuela, Ambrosio and Giuseppe Patane-Messina.
Memorials may be sent to Holy Family Parish, 1010 35th Street, Galveston, TX 77550.