Vera Anfuso

November 8, 1917August 16, 2011

ANFUSO, VERA Vera Anfuso was born in San Diego, one of five daughters born to Eduardo and Rosa Venezia. She was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to her family. She is preceded in death by her husband Carmelo Anfuso. She is survived by her children Fina (Enzo) Burzotta, Joseph (Shirley) Anfuso, Rosa Maria Anfuso, Stella Barranco and Edward (Stacey) Anfuso, as well as six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, many nieces and nephews and her sister Pearl Alioto. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was an extraordinary cook and zealous card player. She was a native of San Diego and known by many throughout San Diego's Little Italy community. In her earlier years, she worked at her mother's grocery store on India Street and delivered home-made bread to the local fishermen. Later she worked in the local cannery until she met the love of her life and was married and began a family. Viewing is on Friday, August 19th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary on 5th Avenue. Mass will be held on Saturday, August 20th, at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel at the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to Rady's Children Hospital Foundation Attn: Honoring/Remembrance MC 5005, 3020 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123.

Arrangements under the direction of Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary, San Diego, CA.


  • Visitation Friday, August 19, 2011
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 20, 2011

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August 22, 2011

Dear Anfuso Family: We know that these are sorrowful times for your family. We also know that you had a wonderful, kind and caring mother. Her traditions and values will live on and continue to inspire you. The memories of past times and thoughts you have today will always be with you. Your Mom was such a very big part of raising her/my granddaughter Sara Rose. For that, I am truly grateful. To the entire Anfuso family, we are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort at this sad time. Marlene Morgan & Richard Vick

Kathy Green

August 20, 2011

I am sorry to hear of your beloved mother's passing. What a beautiful, kind person she was. She has left a wonderful legacy in all of you. May she rest in peace.

Kathy Jones

August 19, 2011

Even though I never had the pleasure of personally meeting Vera, I truly feel as if I knew her from the wonderful stories that Stella always shared with me. Hearing these stories only emphasized the love and caring within your family. My sincere and deepest sympathy goes out to each and every one of you.

Frederick & Nancy Morgan

August 19, 2011

Dear Edward & Family: We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please accept our deepest sympathies; it was a pleasure knowing your mother; she will be missed. Our heart goes out to you all.

August 19, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Vera Anfuso. She was an amazing woman, an amazing cook with a funny loving personality. She will be missed. Love to you all, Tracy (Sona) Barden and the Barden family

jeannette turriciano

August 18, 2011

Dear Anfuso Family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. i remember when I used to visit my grandparents and seeing her in the kitchen window cooking and the wonderful smells. We were always welcomed into the house as the "extended" family. God Bless you Vera and we will miss you. Love to you all.

The Turriciano Family
Jeannette Turriciano
Daly City, CA

Jeannette Turriciano

August 18, 2011

Dear Anfuso Family: My deepest sympathy to the family. I remember visiting my Grandparents and seeing Vera in the kitchen window cooking and the wonderful smells....rice balls. The family was always welcoming us in the house and feeding us. God Bless you Vera and we will miss you. Love, Jeannette Turriciano and family.

August 18, 2011

To the Anfuso family,
I was in shock to hear of your mother's passing.It just saddens me so much.She was so well loved by us and the memories we have since living next store made it extra special. I was really surprised when Rosa brought her to the Filippone family picnic that I was so happy to see her again.I loved seeing her in the window as I know she was busy cooking for the family.She was loved by the Filippone family and we all will miss her. Love to you all !

Jo Marie Adamo
San Diego,Ca.