Anna Maria TIANELLO May 15, 1933 – May 12, 2013
Anna Maria Tianello, 79, passed away May 12, 2013, at the St. Joseph Residence in hospice care through Providence Mount Saint Vincent care facility in Seattle, WA, after complications from lung cancer. She was born May 15, 1933, in Canastota, NY, to Giuseppe (Joseph) Tianello and Pasqualina Andonia Frate, who immigrated to the United States from Minturno, Italy, where they were married. Anna Maria is predeceased by her parents; sisters Josephine (Jo) Tianello Pino, Mary Tianello Milizia, Lena (Lee) Tianello DeNova; and brother Americo (Rick) Tianello. She is survived by two sisters, Nikolina (Niki) Tianello Gionta (Sam), of Rochester, NY, and Rosina (Rosie) Tianello Rose of Canastota, NY; many godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, lifetime friends in Canastota, NY, and also by her “adopted” family of close friends who have walked beside her during her life in Seattle, and especially during her illness.
Anna Maria was an avid letter writer to family and friends, and headed her correspondence with “Praise our Father’s Name.” Three address books contained names of people from all around the world, and her many books spoke of her love for reading. Many notebooks from daily spiritual entries contained her personal life journey. In all of her various life events she said, “God never abandoned me!” As a child she contracted polio. During her school years, she worked along with her family on their onion farm. She attended Le Moyne College to major in Social Work prior to her entry into the convent of the Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart Mother Cabrini Order. After graduating as a Registered Professional Nurse from Columbus Hospital School of Nursing, she was assigned to Cabrini Westpark, New York, and then to Cabrini Chicago, Illinois. During her years as a nun, she taught school, worked in all phases of nursing and assisted the doctors in the operating room. With the assignment to Cabrini Hospital, in Seattle, she became a Seattleite.
She came out of the convent after seventeen years and took Bachelor of Arts course in Community Services at Seattle University. Her first student placement was in Adult Probation and Parole. She attended Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington, Metropolitan School of Business for legal and secretarial courses, and Dotson Institute for computer. Anna Maria was an honor student with good work skills. Employment included Group Health, Swedish, and Providence hospitals, secretarial work at Seattle University, Aetna Life & Casualty, Lee, Smart, Cook, Martin & Patterson law offices, and Sacred Heart Clinic.
In retirement, Anna Maria was involved in many church affiliated ministries, and because of her love of children, she volunteered in school groups such as the lunchroom at St. Alphonsus grade school. She attended daily morning mass followed by coffee at the Blue Dog Kitchen across the street. The coffee shop was a relaxing place to do her writing, knit baby blankets and be with young people. Anna Maria made friends easily with her jovial warm greetings and a genuine concern for others.
Anna Maria had a zest for life and made the most of each and every day. She felt that God put her closest to the people that needed her to be near and often said, “The person next to you is the person He wants you to help.” Charities for the poor were very important to her. One memory that guided her throughout her life was when she was four years old. Anna Maria and her mother were walking past a field with sunflowers, and her mother explained that the flowers always faced the sun. Little Anna Maria thought of the “son” as being Jesus. Toward Him she always turned her face. Anna Maria lived a life of prayer for everyone she knew, and family and friends have been grateful for those many prayers. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and our Lord. She greeted by name all who regularly served her, and a parting from anyone brought forth a “God bless you.” And, God bless you also, Anna Maria.
Her family is grateful for the excellent and loving care she received throughout her illness.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Thursday, May 16th, at 9:00 AM followed by the Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM, BOTH at Providence Mount St. Vincent Chapel, 4831 35th Ave. S. W., Seattle, WA 98126.
Remembrances may be made to Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation, 4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126-2799, Phone: (206) 938-6194; or to the charity at Swedish Medical Center Foundation, 747, Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 Phone: (206) 386-2738; or to Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, 425 Pontius Ave. N., #300, Seattle, WA 98109 Phone: (206) 320-7188.