Born: July 20, 1943
Died: July 17, 2014
Anna Marie Diab, 70, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb.
She was born July 20, 1943, in Rockford, the daughter of Clarence and Victoria (Paluzzi) Anderson. Anna and her brother, Robert, spent much of their time growing up at their parents’ grocery store in Loves Park.
Anna was a graduate of Harlem High School in Loves Park, where she was named Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year in her senior year. She attended Illinois State University, and earned her teaching certificate and a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. Her entire career was devoted to teaching children in the Waterman and Shabbona elementary schools (now the Indian Creek school district).
Anna was a beloved member of First Lutheran Church in DeKalb, where she served faithfully in children’s educational ministries and on the church council. In recent years, she occupied the bench inside the church door on Sunday mornings, where she often greeted those coming to and leaving worship services. She will be dearly missed there.
Anna is survived by her son, Joseph (Jennifer) Diab of Moline; grandsons, Alecsander Diab, Nicholas Edwards and Adam Edwards, all of Moline; her aunt, Anna Anderson of Florida; and her goddaughter, Katie Mooney of DeKalb. She also is survived by several cousins and a large network of friends, including fellow retired teachers from the Indian Creek school district; members of her YMCA swimming group, a close circle of high school friends, and her church “family.”
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert.
Anna will be remembered for her love of books, public radio, crafts, sewing, theater and floral design. She found great joy in cooking and entertaining, and always made more food than her guests could possibly eat. In later years, she found inspiration and hope in the movie “The Blind Side,” which she watched more than 40 times. She also enjoyed following the football careers of her son, Joe, and grandson, Alec.
In keeping with Anna’s wishes, her body has been donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois for diabetes research.
Anna’s family and friends wish to thank Dr. D. Thakkar and Dr. J. Patel for their dedicated medical care, Pastor Janet Hunt for Anna’s spiritual care, and Ben, Nina and Hayden for providing in-home care during Anna’s last months.
A memorial service for Anna will be held Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third Street, DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt officiating. Reception will follow in the church Social Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations in celebration of Anna’s life may be made to the DeKalb Public Library (for the children’s book collection) or to First Lutheran Church.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, at 815-756-1022.