Obituary of Connie Anzalone
Constance “Connie” Audrey Anzalone passed into eternal life on November 1, 2021. Connie was born in Chicago, IL on August 12, 1932, to Lottie and Charles Buck. She was the oldest of three children.
As a child Connie loved animals and living in the countryside. Later her family moved to Chicago where she attended Taft High School and then graduated with a three-year degree in medical technology from DePaul University. She married Franklin S. Anzalone April 16, 1955. After a few years the couple followed their dream and moved to Arizona. They were blessed with four children eight grandchildren.
Connie had a deep Catholic faith that she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Family faith and loyalty were her priorities. She had a strong sense of community and served as a Brownie Scout, Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was active at St. Ambrose Parish and School. As a neighborhood activist, she co-wrote the Manual on Urban Landscapes unique to the Sonoran Desert. Connie served as a docent for the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum for 33 years. She loved and explored all forms of art including painting, sculpture, pottery, and even theater. Her grandchildren and the students in the Tucson after school programs learned about the beauty of our desert environment using the various art mediums with Connie as their creative teacher.
Connie and her husband Franklin loved adventure. As a wife and mom, she embraced camping and road trips particularly around Arizona. After the death of her spouse, she ventured to Europe, South America, Israel, and Africa.
Connie is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years and one son, Franklin C. Anzalone (Debbie). She is survived by her daughter Michele Grantham (Christopher), Charles Anzalone, and Paul Anzalone (Jennifer); her grandchildren Kristen Genzano (Justin), Anthony Anzalone, Joseph & Julianna Grantham, Isaac & Nicholas Anzalone (their mother Ana Velia), and Joshua, Noah, & Samuel Anzalone. She is also survived by her sisters, Gwen Swanson (Gerry) and Barbara Thompson (Fred) as well as nieces and nephews.
Services for Connie Anzalone will take place Friday, March 4, 2022, at St. Ambrose Church. A Rosary at 10:30 will be followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 11am. Interment will follow at All Faiths Cemetery. A lunch reception will be held starting around 1:30pm at the Grantham home: 3346 E. Via Golondrina, 85716.