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


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,


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


  • 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

  1. CHERYL BRADY says:

    Anna was so very special to my husband and I. I shall never forget her and her kindness to all that she new and befriended. She set an beautiful example of kindness and how to treat others. When she walked into a room she lit the room with her infectious smile.
    Sending my sincere condolences to Mario a dotting husband, her children, sisters and sister-in-law. Our hearts will heal, as her legacy will carry on.

  2. Cindy Dziki says:

    Dear Uncle Mario, Andre, Marco and Family,
    Auntie Anna has a very special place in our lives and hearts. We had the privilege to visit often. She was always so happy to see us and to cook a meal. She loved to sit around the table and tell stories. She was one of the kindest people we know and will miss her beautiful smile. We will always keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Cindy, Dave and Family

  3. Dear Mario,

    Anna will always hold a special place in our hearts!!

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hank and Michelle Lowinger

  4. Dearest Mario and family,
    Anna will live in our hearts forever! She was the most kind generous loving person. Beautiful inside and out. My parents Anna and Tony Sannasardo and myself all send our deepest sympathy and love to all of you!

  5. Grazie a George Mariella e Katty Mariella ho avuto la possibilità si conoscere Anna,donna fantastica nella sua semplicità. Porto nei miei ricordi quando mi chiamò per conoscermi e parlarmi…..era la prima volta che ci parlavano, ma era come se ci conoscevamo da sempre.
    Un abbraccio a Mario e i figli,dall’Italia con affetto famiglia Luigi Mariella, Vito Mariella suoi cugini.

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