OBITUARY

Anne C. La Spina

August 14, 1924January 6, 2021

Anne Cecelia La Spina (nee Tallman), age 96, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, passed away on January 6, 2021 in her sleep at her home in New York, NY. Anne was preceded in death by her husband Vincent S. La Spina, her sister Mary Jane Byrnes and her brother William J. Tallman. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Ann La Spina, of New York, NY, and 21 nieces and nephews from the Byrnes, La Spina, Tallman and Zocchia families.

A child of the Great Depression, Anne was forced like many of her time to enter the workforce as a teenager. She took on jobs that ran the gamut from spinning records in a department store (“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” was the #1 release at the time) to telephone operator. She eventually joined the war effort, as a “Rosie”, working as a riveter on fighter plane assembly lines in the Brooklyn war plants and later in the records office of the British Ministry of War on Broadway. Marriage came after a long courtship with her beloved husband Vincent (“Jim”) La Spina. Motherhood followed at close to age 42 with the arrival of her pride and joy, daughter, Donna, after which she retired from Irving Trust to become a full time homemaker.

Life took Anne and Jim to the Bronx, then Yonkers, and ultimately to full retirement in West Palm Beach, FL, where they spent close to a decade enjoying their home there, visits with family from up north, exploring new pastimes, and forging new friendships. After Jim’s passing in 2005, Anne returned to New York to be closer to her daughter. Then in her 80s, she began a new chapter of life living in Manhattan. After several rehabilitation stays at the Mary Manning Walsh Home, she became a volunteer in the physical therapy unit, finding new purpose and building lasting friendships with staff there.

Anne was an avid reader of mystery novels, often devouring 3-4 books per week. She enjoyed live theater and musical performances, with Radio City Music Hall one of her favorite destinations. Gregarious and charismatic, she loved nothing more than dressing for a good party and socializing with family, friends and strangers alike. With a unique sense of humor and style all her own, she still applied her own makeup, and never ever hesitated to offer “advice” to others on their appearance. “Powder and paint makes a girl what she ain’t”, was a favorite saying of hers.

Anne’s natural beauty was never compromised by the lifelong pain she endured due to early childhood Leggs Perthes disease and osteo arthritis. Having been one of the first artificial hip replacement patients while only in her 30s, she was a fighter and risk taker throughout her life. Multiple replacement surgeries and hospitalizations followed over the decades and she was frequently referred to as the “Bionic Woman”. Ultimately losing the ability to walk in her later years and confined to a wheelchair, she never stood on the sidelines, forever wanting to be part of the action - and she was.

“Devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all, forever in our hearts, we hope that you are at peace and enjoying the party in heaven.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne's memory to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Link: Gift Funds: In Memory of Anne C. La Spina - Gift Funds for St. Jude

OR

Mary Manning Walsh Home: By check only, payable to Mary Manning Walsh Home, with memo "Volunteer Association in Memory of Anne La Spina" -- 1339 York Avenue - New York, New York 10021

Services

  • Visitation at Frank E.Campbell - The Funeral Chapel

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial at The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena

    Monday, January 11, 2021

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  • Graveside Service at Saint Charles Cemetery

    Monday, January 11, 2021

Memories

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Theresa Byrnes

January 10, 2021

Thank you for all the talks and memories. Love Theresa❤

Simone Vinocour

January 10, 2021

Donna, we are sending you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. You have been a wonderful daughter to her. We will be keeping you both in our prayers. Simone, Kevin, Arielle, Nathaniel (the Vinocour McKeevers)

William Tallman

January 8, 2021

Rich Tallman

January 7, 2021

Our family is sending love and prayers. Aunt Ann was a fighter and a pistol -always a joke or quip at the right time. Janet and I will miss her.

Adele Marino

January 7, 2021

She always looked beautiful. And now she will be beautiful forever. Peace and Love to you Donna. Love you!
Adele

Pat & Maria McNulty

January 7, 2021

So sorry for your lose, Donna, you and Mom will be in our prayers.

Philip Tallman

January 7, 2021

Will miss Aunt Ann more then i can say. She was more then my Aunt; she was also my friend. Much love to Donna.

Daniel Byrnes

January 7, 2021

We are so sorry to hear the news of our Aunt Ann passing. She will be missed by all of our family, and especially at the next family event.
I always enjoyed her stories, most ended with her saying “ to make a long story short”, which never happened!
Rest In Peace,
Daniel