Anne Coccia Popis, 89, of Scranton, died Friday morning at Elmcroft of Mid Valley, Peckville. Her husband, John Popis, died July 22, 2010. The couple had been married for 56 years.
Born in Old Forge, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester Coccia and Concetta Stallone Coccia and was a 1949 graduate of Old Forge High School. After high school, she attended nursing school where she graduated as a LPN. Before retirement, she was a secretary at Lincoln Jackson Elementary school in Scranton.
As a member of St. Lucy's Church, she always participated in helping out with the annual spaghetti dinner. Having great devotion to St. Ann, she attended the Novena in West Scranton faithfully every year.
She loved to decorate her home especially at Christmas time. She enjoyed preparing all the traditional Italian Christmas Eve specialties and looked forward to celebrating with her family members. She would often give out funny gifts at Christmas. She loved to laugh and loved to make others happy. She enjoyed entertaining and would go a step further to make everyone feel welcome in her home.
She enjoyed the beach, and spent many vacations with her husband going to the Jersey shore. She loved spending time with her daughters, and especially adored her grandchildren, cherishing every moment. She was simply known as "Grandma." She had a special place in her heart for all her nieces and nephews. She was so proud of all of them. Her latest addition was her two cats whom she treated like family, even talking to them in Italian.
The family would like to thank the staff of Elmcroft for taking such good care of her. They truly showed compassion and kindness toward Anne and her family. Special thanks to Dr. John Diakiw for taking care of her for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Connie Stankowski, Claymont, Del.; and Anne Berardi and husband, Alan, Archbald; grandchildren, Christopher, Angelica and Alicia; brothers, Patrick Coccia and wife, Rose; and Sylvester Coccia, all of Old Forge; sisters-in-law, Madeline Cherundolo and Grace Coccia, both of Old Forge; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dominic Coccia and Joseph Coccia; and a sister, Carmella Crespolini.
A public funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, West Locust Street, Scranton. Interment, Old Forge Cemetery.
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