Anne Marie DelucaSeptember 7, 1913 ~ December 19, 2017 (age 104)
Anne Marie Deluca, age 104, born in Portland, Oregon passed away at Ivy Court Senior Living on Dec. 19, 2017.
Anne was born on Sep. 7, 1913 to Amedeo and Vincenza Biancone. She graduated from Girls’ Polytechnic High School. She married Eugene Francis Deluca of Portland, Oregon, the love of her life.
Anne’s passion for travel took her to many places including England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, the Panama Canal area, Hawaii, Alaska, portions of the continental United States, and of course her favorite areas of Italy. She held many professions outside of the home as well as being a homemaker throughout the years. She devoted many years of volunteering including the Catholic Women’s organization called Young Ladies Institute and later in her life volunteered with Loaves and Fishes. She was an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows church. As a couple, Anne and Gene were members of the Milwaukie Elks. Anne was always willing to help those in need.
Anne was a staunch fan of the Portland Trailblazers and never missed their games. She enjoyed attending and participating in most athletics and had a truly competitive nature. Anne and Gene Played golf with many friends throughout the years. In her teens she won the Portland City Tennis tournament, and she played Helen Wills- who won 19 Grand Slam singles titles- in a friendly at Washington Park. Most of all she loved to dance and longed for the day she would do so again with her beloved, Gene.
Anne cherished her family and was proud of her daughters. She enjoyed travelling with them, camping, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and cooking and baking every day. She spent many a vacation with them exploring the Great Northwest beaches and enjoying the outdoors. Anne’s brother’s, Andy and John, were her constant sidekicks. The Deluca’s spent much of their time growing a garden that was the envy of the neighborhood. They could be found swapping fresh produce, family recipes, or playing cards with family and friends on any given day.
Anne lived a big, adventurous, beautiful life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.
Anne is survived by her daughters Maryanne Redding and Sandra Jean Shepard (Allen “Shep”), and her grandchildren Patrick, Benjamin (Maggie), Elizabeth “Lisa”, Laurel (John “JP”), Amber (Nathan), Anna Jean, and her great-grandchildren Jordan, Blake, Dane, Nicole, and Bryce.
It has been suggested that those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Anne’s memory direct them to the American Foundation for the Blind.
Please join us for the Catholic service followed by a Celebration of Anne’s Life at 2pm Thursday Feb. 1, 2018 at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral Home at 6705 S.E. 14th Ave. Portland, Oregon.