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Anna M. (Rosa) WitkoskiApril 27, 1933 ~ December 28, 2017 (age 84)
Naugatuck – Anna M. (Rosa) Witkoski, age 84, widow of Henry J. “Hank” Witkoski, Sr., passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
She was born in Waterbury, CT. on April 27, 1933 daughter of the late William and Raffaella (Buonocore) Rosa.
Although Anna was a long-time Naugatuck resident, she was a Waterbury girl at heart. She was born and raised on Lannen Street, just above Fulton Park and would often refer to herself as, “Annie, from the Hill”! Anna graduated from Mary Abbott Elementary School and Leavenworth High School, class of 1951. She was proud of her city and cherished her childhood family memories. Anna was a communicant of both St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.
For many years, Anna was the warm and friendly face at Rita’s Bakery in Union City and also the baking department at Waldbaums in Naugatuck. She loved all sports, especially baseball. A Red Sox fan from her youth, she typically was found watching the Yankees, because it was just more fun to root against them!
Blessed with a “green thumb”, Anna loved flowers and growing vegetables. She was an outstanding cook and phenomenal baker, her cookies were legendary.
Anna is survived by her loving son, Henry J. “Hank” Witkoski, Jr. and his wife Rosie of Naugatuck; her grandchildren, Ashley Dutton and her husband Wes, Jacqueline Strout and her husband Ryan, Lindsay Gallo and her husband Michael, and Rebecca Witkoski; her three great grandchildren: Ella Dutton, Jackson Dutton and Tanner Strout; her brother William Rosa and wife Elizabeth of Torrington; and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was predeased by her son, William F. “Billy” Witkoski and Brother Nicholas “Nicky” Rosa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street, Waterbury. Those attending are asked to please meet at the church at 9:45 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck. To send an on-line condolence, please visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com