On October 24, 2017, Anne Vasta Centurione passed away peacefully at the venerable age of 97 years. Anne was the widow of Frank Centurione who predeceased her in 1990. For the first eight years of her life Anne lived in South Philadelphia among her many relatives who had emigrated from Sicily. But during those summers, the Vasta’s would come across the Delaware and work on the farms in Swedesboro. Eventually, the family moved to Swedesboro, started a grocery store and a new life. Anne graduated from Swedesboro High School in 1938. Around that time her parents Alfia and Mario Vasta also ran a small restaurant called Mary Anne’s after their two daughters. While working at the restaurant Anne met her future husband Frank, in town to apply for the Swedesboro Auction Master position. They were married on December 28, 1941 and for the next 49 years Anne dedicated her life to her family, supporting her husband in his produce brokering career and shaping the lives of her children with love, a sense of humor and encouragement to succeed in the challenges of life. Her warmth, spirit and creativity characterized her personality. She was a wonderful artist and creativity was reflected throughout the house with her paintings, flower arrangements, gardening, sewing, home decorating and cooking. Of course cooking was always the day’s main activity and Anne made sure nutritional goals were met with plenty of broccoli rabe, pasta and a fantastic meatball recipe!
More changes and adventures awaited her later in life. For eight years Anne lived in Maryland with daughter Gina and for the last five years became a “California Girl” in San Diego with daughter Pat. Whether on the East or West Coast, Anne easily made many new friends, sharing fun times, eagerly discussing politics, impressing all with her culinary talents and adding to her garden of memories. She was beautiful, bright, inspirational and ageless. She has been lovingly cared for and her devotion to the Rosary over the years filled her spirit with peace, especially during those last days as her strong heart finally came to rest.
Anne will be deeply missed by her family, friends, caregivers and all who knew her and remember her independence, strength, humor and endless love.
Anne is survived by her son Joseph Centurione ( Fran) and daughters Pat Centurione (Jeff ,deceased) Gina Centurione Sinha (Chris) and grand children Stephani Bartkovich (Steven), Nicholas and Matthew Centurione, Troy and Tristan Sinha.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Saturday November 25th from 10 to 11 am with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11 am at St. Andrew the Apostle Church 27 Kresson Gibbsboro Road, Gibbsboro , NJ 08026. Interment will be private.
Those wishing to honor Anne in lieu of flowers may donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org