GEORGETOWN - It is with great sadness that we make known the passing of our mother and nana, Anne Marie Tomarchio, 90, of Georgetown, MA. Anne passed away peacefully on August 4, 2022, surrounded by her loving family after a short illness. A lifelong resident of the Merrimack Valley, Anne was born on July 15, 1932, in Arlington, MA to Augustine and Margaret (Carmody) Furtado, Anne “Mom/Nana/Nonnie” enjoyed a long life and 56 years of marriage to her husband Philip, who predeceased her in 2020. Anne attended St. Augustine’s School in Andover, MA, and St. Mary’s High School, in Lawrence, MA.
Anne was devoted to her family and to her “girls” which mattered most to her. She was happiest at family gatherings with her children, their husbands, the eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Anne’s family is blessed for enjoying these many gatherings and good years with her prior to the recent illness, especially when she was doing the cooking.
The family teased her regularly about being a “Jeopardy” candidate, but we were all secretly proud of her keen intelligence and knowledge of history. To say that Anne was an enthusiastic sports fan is a major understatement. During her early years it was all about Boston hockey, with fun nights spent watching a game. We were sure to avoid “the Look” which was all is took to remind us not to behave like the hockey fans we were. As much as she adored her family, and as the Matriarch, she had no problem with delivering “the Look,” which stopped all in their tracks. We all loved her for it because her love for us was felt every day in many ways. For the past few decades, Anne was passionate about football, and of course about a certain quarterback, who she supported as if he were her favorite son. Anne also was a lover of country music and was fortunate to spend time with the members of the band Alabama on more than one occasion.
In the past, Anne served on the Board of the Senior’s Community in which she lived for 34 years and was fortunate to have made many friends there. We are grateful to this supportive community.
Anne is survived by her three daughters Kathleen J. Godin and husband Kenneth, Cynthia A. Lacharite and husband Arthur and Mary Jo Schindler Bailey and husband Thomas; eight grandchildren Kendra Townshend, Kerrianne Petalidas, KC Godin, Melissa Lacharite, AJ Lacharite, Andrea Plante, Hannah Schindler Spinelli and John Schindler; nine great-grandchildren Troy, Cierra, Vivienne, Józef, Julia, Ash, Joseph, Jack and Mac. Last but certainly not least, Anne is survived by her close and supportive best friend Janice Guarente Davidson, also known as Florence Nightingale, who looked in on her every day, often with a delivery of homemade soup, as well as her special and faithful caretaker Josie Calixto, who lovingly cared for Anne for many years. Our hearts are heavy, and we will all miss her terribly.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 11, in the Driscoll Funeral Home from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow, celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 S. Main Street, Haverhill at 12:30 PM. For guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com.
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