She loved her family, good music, traveling and entertaining


N.C. Sandra J. Anzalone, 65, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of North Reading, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Sandra was born May 13, 1956 in Malden to Rose and Francis Gaff. Her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was a waitress.

Sandra loved her family (especially her grandchildren Anthony and Siena), good music, traveling, and entertaining. She graduated from Malden High in 1974 and later met her husband Anthony (Ziggy) Anzalone at a nightclub. They raised a large blended family, having one daughter of their own in addition to Anthony’s six children. They remained passionately devoted through an unbelievable life together until Anthony’s passing in 2014. Her love of people brought her to work as a North Reading school lunch lady, and eventually to Dollar Tree, where she was a store manager until her big move to Wilmington, N.C. in 2019. She then became a waitress at Waffle House until her untimely death.

She was predeceased by her parents Rose P. and Francis L. Gaff, her loving husband Anthony Anzalone, her stepson James W. Mongeon, and her stepdaughter Denise L. Risi.

She is survived by her daughter, Jacquelyn Landry, and her husband, Michael; stepchildren Marie Ellard and her husband, Kevin; Donna Lento and her husband, Joe; Michelle Mongeon and her partner, Jill; Anthony Anzalone and his wife, Jen; as well as her 13 grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving siblings Geraldine Egner of Wilmington, N.C.; Joanne Monteforte of Revere and Francis Gaff Jr. of Peabody, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to join with Sandra’s family for visiting hours at the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park Street, North Reading on Friday, October 22 from 4-8 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. Please go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated in Sandra’s memory to Saint Anthony’s of Padua, 250 Revere St., Revere, MA 02151.

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