Anna Mae (Wyatt) Maleno, 92, of Elm Terrace died Saturday 6/12/21 at the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield. She was born in Bible Grove, IL on May 2, 1929, one of seven children born to Cook and Isa (Curtwright) Wyatt. Anna attended local schools in Flora, IL.
Anna found employment in Chicago, IL, where she was also a singer in a country western band. There she met her husband Frank Maleno, Jr., while he was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. They were married on July 4, 1951, at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield, MA. After Frank was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Greenfield, MA in 1954.
Anna was known by many for the many years she worked at Denny’s Pantry. While working there Anna and Frank mentored many of the young people who worked at Denny’s and made them feel like family.
Anna enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and cake decorating. She was proud to create many wedding cakes, especially those for her children and grandchildren. For many years she made the cheerleader outfits for both Greenfield High and Junior High Schools. She loved teaching her grandchildren how to make wonderful treats. She also enjoyed doing jig saw puzzles and following the New England Patriots.
Among her survivors, Anna leaves four children, Michael and his wife Katherine of Greenfield, Frank J. and his wife Patricia of Greenfield, Katherine Laclair of Orange, MA and Douglas Maleno of Key West, FL. She also leaves four grandchildren, Meghan Seaman and her husband Mark of Frisco, NC, Kelly Oldham and her husband Brandon of Turners Falls, Nancy Maleno and Victoria Maleno, both of Greenfield; two great grandchildren, Isabelle and Cole Seaman; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her dear friend and neighbor Gloria Montalvo.
Besides her parents, Anna was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank Maleno, Jr. in 1997; a sister, Evelyn Bullard; and five brothers, Donald, Merle, Robert, Gene, and Neil Wyatt.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Monday 6/21 at 10am at the Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield.
Calling hours will be held Sunday afternoon from 1-3pm at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
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