Anna Alioto Broderick
Mom, Aunt Anna, Nonna, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1930 and this year passed away in Honolulu, Hawai’i at the age of 92. She is survived by sons John Joseph (JJ) Broderick and Michael Felice Broderick, daughters-in-law Colleen and Maile, grandchildren Kelly, Patrick, Drew, Emma, and Hannah, and great grandchildren Grace, Connor, and Aima. Mom was also a “second mother” to nephews Richard (Kathy), Louis (Susan), David (Diane) and Stephen Santore and included all their families in her circle of love and care.
Anna, with two sons under two years old, lost her husband Hal Broderick in a car accident in Texas. Anna and her children moved from Dallas back to a suburb of Philadelphia. Anna joined her only sister Marie and brother-in-law Felice Santore’s hearth and home which included four boys and Marie and Anna’s mother, Theresa Alioto. The Santore/Broderick household grew to ten across three generations and was filled with love, laughter, and care.
Anna worked most of her adult life, first at Haverford College as an accountant, and then after retiring to Ocean City, had a second career at Stainton’s Department Store. Anna loved the shore as a child and later in life maintained a home there for the Santore/Broderick clan that was the center of many “endless summers” for family.
Anna was from another time, a woman of great faith, and purpose. She focused her energy on raising two sons and contributing to an active and full household. Anna had internal strength and presence. Never interested in the limelight, instead she shined light on others with regular phone calls, seasonal cards and correspondence, caring conversations, attendance at every family event, meals and laughter shared—her outgoing, positive “at-e-tude” was deeply appreciated by her family and wide circle of friends.
Anna loved her nuclear and extended family—being present for all members brought her real joy. For over forty years, JJ, Colleen, Lou, and Sue were Anna’s “East Coast family.” They were attentive to all of Anna’s needs, especially as she aged. Anna often said how blessed she was to have JJ, Colleen, Lou, and Sue in her life, which they enriched immensely. And while Phil and Marie were alive, during the winter months, Anna lived with Rich and Kathy in their home in California. Rich, Kathy, Dave, Diane, Steve, and Lori were Anna’s “West Coast Family.” Rich and Kathy had a special bond with “Annie,” and she loved her time with them, and their children Christopher and Lauren.
And if going to the West Coast wasn’t far enough, for almost fifteen years, each winter, Anna spent a few months with Michael, Maile, and their children in Hawai’i. She fit right in, and quickly became a “local girl."
Anna self-admittedly, wasn’t a cook, but she loved a good meal, especially all things Italian! Anna didn’t care much about material things, but always looked impeccable, with a put together outfit and just the right earrings. She had a great sense of humor and contributed it regularly to her family and circle of friends. Sitting and sharing news and stories of family and old friends was a favorite pastime. Anna also enjoyed her morning coffee, crossword puzzles, reading the paper and watching the news and the latest in local and national politics (Fox News!). Anna also looked forward to attending musicals, Broadway shows, and nights on the town! Opinionated, but always diplomatic, Anna was a great conversationalist on any topic of the day. As Anna’s health began to decline, she moved in with JJ and Colleen. Then in October, 2022, she moved to Honolulu to be with her younger son Michael and his family in Hawai’i. In January of 2023 Anna passed peacefully in Michael and Maile’s home surrounded by family.
Living to 92 is a full life. Anna Broderick wasn’t trying to see it all or do it all, she was a satisfied, centered, well-adjusted person, despite the difficulties she faced. Shortly before she died, she told Michael that she had had a “long, wonderful life with no regrets.” That made it easier for all of us to let her go. She was an exceptional mother, a beloved sister, aunt, grandmother, and wonderful friend. She will always be missed, and always remembered, the epitome of grace, a truly humble and selfless woman of God. Mom, Aunt Anna, Nonna, rest in peace.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation 9:45 A.M. to 10:45 A.M., Friday, June 9, 2023 at St. Colman Church, 11 Simpson Rd., Ardmore, PA 19003, followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. Interment private.