Ann Marie (Saccomando) Di Loreto

MADISON – Ann Marie (Saccomando) Di Loreto, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Madison on Sunday, March 24, 2013, surrounded by her family and following a brief illness. She was born in her family home in Chicago on March 21, 1924, the fourth and last child of Carlo and Adelina (Di Cicco) Saccomando.

She is survived by her devoted children, James (Jack Frost) of Chicago, Diane (George) Woodbridge of Oregon, Kenneth (Sharon) of West Jordan, Utah, Loriann (Lee) Bulman of Cottage Grove, and Robert (Elizabeth Magnor) of Madison. She is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, Daniel and Lindsay Woodbridge, Evan Stoflet, Lucas (Jessica Riege), Alyssa, and Gina Bulman, and Francesca and Consiglio Di Loreto; sisters-in-law, Clara Di Loreto of Madison and Eleanor Di Loreto of Menasha; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her much-loved husband, Daniel J. Di Loreto, who passed away June 22, 1977; brothers, Julius (Assunta) and Louis (Helen) Saccomando; sister, Elsie (Joseph) Necastro, all of Chicago; by her parents-in-law, Consiglio and Antonietta Di Loreto of Madison; sister-in-law, Mary (Victor) Tortorice of Madison; and brother-in-law, Stephen Di Loreto of Menasha.

Ann graduated from Chicago's Bowen High School in 1941 and went on to work for Time-Life, Inc., in downtown Chicago. After her marriage to Dan Di Loreto in 1954, she moved to Madison and worked for a short time at Oscar Mayer. She left the work force to raise her family, and this became her true calling and mission in life. When her children were grown, she worked for the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Department of Entomology. After her retirement in 1989, she kept active for many years in the RSVP program at Frank Allis School, where she was a favorite classroom grandmother, and as a busy volunteer at St. Dennis Parish, where she was a charter member and a member of the Altar Society for many years. Ann's family and her Catholic faith defined her life. She was a kind and gentle woman of great strength and purpose, a faithful friend to many, a second mother to many, and a second grandmother to many. She remained active and vigorous throughout her life. Her kitchen drew large crowds of devoted patrons, even into her last months. Her garden was famous for its roses and lavender clematis, along with many colorful annuals. She was a great reader, sometimes completing a novel in a single day. She loved music (Tony Bennett and Andrea Bocelli were favorites) and she was quite the dancer in her younger years. Ann prayed the rosary every day, but she was also a faithful Badgers and Packers fan, and a diehard, lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs. This sometimes got her into trouble in Madison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, with Father Kent A. Schmitt presiding. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, and also at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday. Ann was a great believer in charity and volunteer service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging (EMMCA), or to St. Dennis School, or to the charity of your choice.

You can only have one Mother,
Patient, kind, and true,
No other friend in all the world
Will be as true to you.
For all her loving kindness
She asked nothing in return.
If all the world deserts you
To your mother you can turn.
You can only have one Mother,
Patient, kind, and true.

We ache at the loss of her but will carry her always in our hearts.

Online condolences may be made at
Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive

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