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Sara L. (Anania) Graziano

Posted October 27, 2014 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

December 1, 1922 – October 22, 2014

Sara Graziano

Sara Graziano

Sara Lucy (Anania) Graziano, 91, passed away on October 22, 2014, surrounded by her three children. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 26, at Iles Dunn’s Chapel, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. Private burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Sara was born December 1, 1922, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Angelo and Lucy (Sarcone) Anania. She grew up on the south side of Des Moines, attended Lincoln High School, where she met and married the only man she ever loved, Eugene (Gene) Dominic Graziano, Sr. They were married for 52 years before his passing in 1997. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Northwestern Bell Telephone and for the U.S. Army Air Corps during Gene’s W.W. II service in the U.S. Army. Sara worked at Graziano Brothers Grocery, the family business, during various times of her life. When Gene returned from his service to our country, they started their family, and Sara stayed at home to raise their children. Sara and Gene loved baseball, with Sara’s team being the New York Yankees, and Gene’s the St. Louis Cardinals. Family vacations alternated between the American League Parks to see the Yankees and National League Parks to see the Cardinals. She watched the playoffs this year, and was looking forward to the World Series. She loved to cook, and most of her Italian dishes were prepared with “some of this” and a “handful” of that.

Sara is survived by her three children, Gene (Fran) Graziano, Jr., Luciann Graziano and Theresa A. Graziano. She was Noni to her three granddaughters, Natalie Graziano, SaraJean (Neil) Greenaway, and Amy (Eric) Anderson, and her great-granddaughter, Parker Mae Anderson. Sara also is survived by her brother, Gasper (Lucia) Anania; brother-in-law, Henry Graziano; sister-in-law, Rose Graziano in Michigan, her dear cousin, Ann Costanzo, who was like a sister to her, and many, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

We wish to thank the staff and administrators of the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center for their kindness and patience with our Mother, as well as their care and attention to her over the last 4½ years. In lieu of flowers, we request memorial contributions be sent to either the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center or the St. Anthony Church Foundation.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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