Anna Teresa Guardi

Anna Teresa Guardi

March 29, 1936 - December 20, 2019
Dana Point CA

Anna Teresa Guardi

March 29, 1936 - December 20, 2019
Dana Point CA

Obituary

In Loving Memory
Anna Teresa Guardi

On March 29th, 1936, Anna was born in Capurso, a small town in southeast Italy, to the Mariella family.  As a teenager, she left southern Italy to earn a degree from the Damonte Fashion Design school in Turin, igniting her passion for women’s couture. In 1952, she, her parents, and her remaining three siblings joined her eldest brother in the United States, settling in Chicago.  While balancing her work at Marshall Fields and classes in design studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, she met her husband of 60 years, Mario.  The two set out on building their dreams and a family, starting with a son Frances Xavier, deceased 1961 in Chicago.

Anna drove her passion for women’s couture further by operning her first  boutique in Cuneo, Italy.  She and Mario returned to the US, eventually residing in California.  It was there her dream took flight as she and Mario began “Anmar” with a chain of boutiques throughout the Los Angeles area.  Along the way they grew their family with two boys, Andre and Marco.

After 25 years operating in the LA area, she brought the Anmar panache to Orange County to be closer to her new home in Dana Point. At her last boutique location in San Juan Capistrano, she reconnected with many former clients that remembered her and Anmar’s reputation.  She retired the boutique business in 2006 but maintained a loyal following with her specialty couture.

At her home, her great joy and love was expressed through cooking and entertaining for the family, extended family, friends and friends of friends!  Anna was a positive person and always encouraging even in challenging times.    Her home was the center of numerous gatherings that welcomed many drawn to her authentic kindness and rosy nature.  In retirement, she became more involved in social organizations that shared her belief in religion, friendship, and tradition.

Anna passed away peacefully at her home on December 20, 2019.  She is survived by her husband Mario, sons Andre and Marco, and grandchildren Claire, Max, Dante and Roman.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anna’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

 

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: January 04, 2020 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. Edward The Confessor Catholic Church
  • Location: 33926 Calle La Primavera Dana Point, CA 92629 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 496-1307

Reception

  • Date & Time: January 04, 2020 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: St. Edward The Confessor Catholic Church
  • Location: 33926 Calle La Primavera Dana Point, CA 92629 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 496-1307

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: January 04, 2020 (3:00 PM)
  • Venue: Queen Of Heaven Cemetery
  • Location: 2161 S. Fullerton Rd. Rowland Heights, CA 91748 - (Get Directions)

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19 responses to Anna Teresa Guardi

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  1. We are sorry for your loss. Anna Guardi was such a great person, She will live on in our memories forever.

  2. For dear Anna. I will meet as you very much

  3. Dear Mario, Andre and Marco, We are with all of you in spirit praying for Anna

    With all our love, Rocco, Ninetta, Frank, Robert, Carmela, Matt, Dominic, Maria, Connie and CJ.

  4. Connie Mella says:

    Thinking of you, Uncle Mario, Andre, Marco, and the Family. My deepest, deepest condolences for Auntie Anna’s passing. She was dearly adored for her kindness – showing nothing but love for everyone around her.
    Love, Connie

  5. Dearest sweet Anna, You will forever remain a shining light in my heart. I will always remember your joyous smile and spirit that would light up a room and spread that joy to others. I pray for strength for your family to help them through this most difficult time. You have touched so many lives and you will be greatly missed. Ti voglio bene

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