Anna Welshoff dies at age 85


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Anna M. Welshoff died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. She was 85.

Daughter of Pietro and Lucia (Gianelli) Gemmati, she was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Lackawanna, N.Y.

She married the love of her life, Gerald E. Welshoff, on June 18, 1955, and raised her family in Garnerville, N.Y. She retired from the Rockland County Social Services Department in 1989 and moved to Spring Hill, Fla. Anna then began a second career working for the Hernando County School District as a secretary until her retirement in 2011.

Anna was extremely involved in the communities where she lived. In Garnerville, she was a member of the S.W. Johnson Ladies Auxiliary (president three times), president of the Rockland County Volunteer Firefighter Association Ladies Auxiliary for two years, and a member of the Altar & Rosary Society of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church.

In Spring Hill, she was a charter member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and was active in many ministries. She was the first president of the women's auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 11317, a member of Martha's Helpers, a church greeter and a religious education volunteer. She was a volunteer for many years at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

During her spare time Anna enjoyed visiting her family and traveling. She loved to dance, was a big fan of country music and liked playing cards and board games (especially dominoes) with family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Mark (Kathleen) of Goshen, N.Y., and Jerry (Laura) of Franklin, Mass.; grandchildren, Billy, Brendan, Lexi, Haley, Hannah and Jilian; and numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.

Visitation was held Dec. 15 the Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen. A Funeral Mass was held Dec. 16 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Goshen.

Burial was private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 1291 Kass Circle, Spring Hill FL 34606.



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