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

  1. Jan Borja says:

    Whereas I have not seen Anna for sometime I will always think of her as the quintessential Lady! My heart goes out to Mario and her beautiful family! God Bless!

    Jan

  2. We were all very sad to hear of Anna’s passing. She was a wonderful person and a joy to know. We have so many great memories with her and we will all miss her a lot. We will never forget her kindness, her smile, and her warm welcoming each time we met her. May she rest in eternal peace. Our sincere condolences! Please extend our sympathy to your wonderful family..

  3. Dear Mario & Family Guardi,
    We were all very sad to hear of Anna’s passing. She was a wonderful person and a joy to know. We have so many great memories with her and we will all miss her a lot. We will never forget her kindness, her smile, and her warm welcoming each time we met her. May she rest in eternal peace. Our sincere condolences! Please extend our sympathy to your wonderful family..

  4. God Bless you Mario, and family, our prayers and deepest condolences on this trying time.

    Dearest Aunt Anna we will miss you …always a smile and kind words, we will remember your kindness, the offering of espresso and biscotti always meeting us with stories and words of encouragement. In our living room, a picture of Anna and Nonna Hellen in front of her boutique greets us, reminding me of my early times at Uncle Mario’s. Thank for being a part of our lives Anna, we will miss you, but will always celebrate your legacy of true kindness.

    Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

  5. Auntie Anna was such a wonderful person and was a pleasure to be around. She will be missed, but remembered with much love. We are sending our love and prayers to you all. God Bless Anna, the Guardi family, and her friends.

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