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Anastasia (Andrews) Desrosiers

August 31, 1920 October 29, 2008
Anastasia (Andrews) Desrosiers
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Anastasia (Andrews) Desrosiers, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, died on October 29th after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on August 31, 1920 in Lebanon, CT, she was the oldest of five children of the late Dimitri and Anna (Pecos) Andrews. A graduate of Lyman Memorial High School, Class of 1939, she lived her life in Willimantic as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, as a faithful and lifelong communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, and as a gracious homemaker whose hospitality was unsurpassed. She was a highly valued administrative employee of the former American Thread for more than twenty-five years. A scholar athlete and basketball star in high school, she was an avid Huskies basketball and Red Sox baseball fan who was up to the minute with every game. Anastasia loved to be outdoors, treasured her vegetable and flower gardens, and would have great comfort knowing that her spirit left the earth she loved at the closing of the harvest season.
 
She was predeceased by her husband, William J. Desrosiers, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen A. Butler and her husband, Kerry of Columbia, CT; her son, William J. Desrosiers, Jr. of North Windham, CT; two granddaughters, Erin Butler Lombardo of Wallingford, CT and her husband Mark, as well as great granddaughter Katherine Lombardo; and Johanna Butler Cahill of Glastonbury, CT and her husband, Neil as well as great granddaughter, Kyleigh Cahill. She also leaves a sister, Lorraine Andrews of Lebanon, CT; a brother, Stephen Andrews of Willimantic, and a step-sister, Katherine Lesi of Cromwell, CT, and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Anastasia was pre-deceased by her brothers, John Andrews and Dimitri Andrews, Jr. and several stepbrothers and sisters.
 
The family would especially like to thank Anastasia’s caregiver, Loretta, and the Hospice team at VNA East. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anastasia’s memory may be made to the VNA East Hospice Program or the American Cancer Society. A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 31st, at 11 A.M. at Saint Joseph’s Church in Willimantic.  There are no calling hours. Bacon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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