In Our Care

Anne Elizabeth (Willwerth) Blasi of Arlington, died on March 22, she was 86. Born during the Great Depression, Anne's upbringing in Somerville wasn't easy but she met the challenge with grace and strength. She continued to demonstrate these qualities as a lifelong caregiver, both personally and professionally. Anne's life was as varied as it was purposeful. During the first third of her life she became a successful partner, mother and homemaker, discovering her talent for nurturing and cultivating many things, including her seven children, lifelong friendships, and a colorful perennial garden.While her Christian faith was central in her life, she had great respect and tolerance for the views of others: for many decades her home broadcast a sign of welcome which included a Cross and a Star of David. By midlife, Anne's wisdom and perspective were put to good service assisting seniors as an elder care social worker for fifteen years.Anne was a lifelong Boston sports fan, present the night 'Havlicek stole the ball' on the 1965 Celtics championship run, and for Carlton Fisk's 1975 World Series game 6 home run. Anne was also an avid reader and movie-goer, and she played a wicked game of cribbage, a sparkle in her eye at every moment of triumph, everything 'fine' if she didn't win.The last third of her eventful life saw Anne take pleasure in continuing education, opera, and hosting large family gatherings as her family added new generations: eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Anne is survived by her sister Eleanor and her husband David Caven of Medford, daughters Eileen Blasi of Arlington, Julie Farrell and her husband Peter of Baldwinville, Terry Lundstrom and her husband Peter of Weymouth, Eleanor Hauser and her husband Stephen of Chicago IL, Nancy Blasi of Arlington, and Christina Gnewuch and her husband Scot of Arlington, and son Rocco and his wife Heidi of Colorado. She is also survived by her grandchildren Danielle Ricketts (Michael), Jessica Farrell, Peter Farrell IV, Veronica Alsawy (Vito), Maryanne Hauser, Katherine Hauser, Shayna Gnewuch, and Kyle Blasi; and great-grandchildren Ethan and Ava Ricketts.Anne led a life worth celebrating. Visitation will be held on Monday March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Ave., ARLINGTON, followed by Mass on Tuesday March 28 at 1130 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, 32 Medford St., Arlington. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow the Mass at the Puritan Lawn Cemetery, 185 Lake St., Peabody. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.