Anna Maria Bonagura Roe

Born March 16, 1925 in Rome, Italy
Departed April 21, 2024 in Melbourne, Florida

March 16, 1925 – April 21, 2024

At the age of 99, Anna Maria passed away peacefully in Melbourne, Florida with her loving niece/long time caregiver by her side. She was predeceased by her husband James Albert Roe and her brother Giovanni Bonagura. With siblings in the states and in Italy Anna was the oldest of seven siblings and is survived by Clementina Costa, Enrica Bonifacio, Luigi Bonagura, Camilo Bonagura, and Francesca Lastray. She also leaves a long list of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews as well as 2 great, great nieces.

Anna Maria was born in Rome, Italy where she graduated college and worked as a secretary. She married James Roe in 1963 in Rome and soon after immigrated to the United States in 1964, residing in Fall River, Massachusetts where she worked as a seamstress for Anderson Little. Anna Maria never had children of her own but was a big part of all our lives, that included many generations of nieces and nephews. Her favorite card games were Quiddler and Scopa and she frequently kicked our butts! Anna Maria loved to bake and over the many years of family gatherings, we all enjoyed her frappe and crostata and she herself NEVER said no to eating dessert.

Anna Maria was a devote Roman Catholic, she loved to cook, travel, play games, crochet, animals, and do tia chi. She was a wife, a sister, an aunt, a great aunt, and a friend to all that met her. She was a kindhearted, loving soul and lived an exceptionally long, happy life and while she will be missed, she most certainly will not be forgotten. Tanti baci sempre. Rest in peace and love now and forever Amen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making an online gift in memory of Anna Maria Bonagura Roe, to one the below organizations.
Dementia Society of America Dementia Society of America
A Living Tribute https:A Living Tribute
Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services

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Madeleine J Costa from Westport wrote on May 14, 2024:
I will always have a special place in my heart for Auntie Nana who lent me her marital veil to wear when I got married. She also helped transform a prom gown of white that I had never worn and turned it into my wedding gown. Peace and joy to you, Auntie!
Renee Creazzo from Old Bridge wrote on April 27, 2024:
Auntie Maria so touched my heart and I am profoundly blessed to know and love her and to have such wonderful memories of times spent with her and the entire family. Rest in Peace Auntie! Love you!
Alan and Betty Costa from Ecuador wrote on April 27, 2024:
Of Auntie Nana’s many beautiful qualities two stand out to me: her kindness and her mildness. You always felt comfortable in her company knowing there would never be a harsh word. I’d like to thank and praise my cousin Patricia for her untiring and loving care given to Auntie for so many years. Only she and God know how many sacrifices were involved in her caregiving. Love, Alan and Betty Costa
Roberta Bonifacio from Long Beach wrote on April 26, 2024:
Auntie Maria will be missed. I made crostata only once this past Christmas and it is not easy ;but Auntie's was the best! Today I am wearing the pearl earrings Auntie gave me along with her pearl necklace. I still remember going to her apartment on Chavenson Street in Fall River. Many good times we spent there! May you rest in peace together with Uncle Jimmy. Love, Roberta

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