Born February 23, 1924, she was the daughter of Charles and Grace Palilla. It was the Roaring 20s; the age of jazz and prohibition with Calvin Coolidge as US President. Ann’s sister, Carmella ‘Mallie’ Palilla Burns and her brother, Dominick Palilla, preceded her in death. Ann attended Hunter College in Brooklyn, NY.
As a young woman she enjoyed big band music and roller skating to ‘Paper Moon.’ She lived through World War II and watched her brother go off to serve in the US Navy and safely return.
One day, while riding on a New York Central train, Ann met Tom Pasquale from Somers, NY. Ann married Thomas F. Pasquale on November 30, 1946 in Croton Falls, NY. Tom worked for the New York Central Railroad and later for Dale Carnegie & Associates. They raised their two children in Katonah, NY. Ann was a member and past president of the Bedford Hills Women’s Club. She was a dressmaker and stitched many lovely things including several fabulous wedding gowns. About 1996 Ann and Tom moved to North Fort Myers, Florida. Ann enjoyed the sunshine, playing Bingo and her many friends in the sunshine state. Ann and Tom liked having family and friends visit their little Florida home. Thomas Pasquale died in 2002 in Florida.
In our family Ann was well known for cooking delicious Italian meatballs, apple pie, applesauce cake and chicken cutlets. We may all love each other but we were willing to fight over her mouthwatering food! We all own brightly colored hats and mittens knitted for us by Ann. She enjoyed cross stitch, quilting and knitting. More than anything else, she enjoyed holidays, weddings and everyday gatherings of her family.
In recent years Ann “Grandma” Pasquale had been living in Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near her daughter and son-in-law. Beverly took tender care of her mother as Ann aged.
Ann and Tom were the parents of two children. Daughter, Beverly A. Pasquale married James Card. They have two sons: Michael and Brian. Michael and Whitney Card have two sons. Brian and Kristy Card have two children. Son, Don Pasquale married Colleen Brown. They have three children: Alanna, Alyssa and Adam. Alanna and Dave Mensing have two sons. Adam and Stephanie Pasquale have two children.
Don compares his mother’s travels through life to the Milton Bradley board game. She moved from girlhood to young woman; gathering a home and family; becoming rich with the experiences of her 99 years and eventually becoming a great grandmother to eight delightful children. Don says his mom won the Game of Life.
Plans are being made for a celebration of Ann’s life. Family and close friends will be notified when those plans are complete.