DUDLEY – Anna Rose (Bazara) Pierce, 86, of Charlton Road, died Friday, December 21, 2018, in her home. She is survived by seven children, Linda M. Lindsey and her husband Walter of Ware, Diann L. Kosla of Gilbertville, her daughter and caregiver with whom she lived, Kathy A. Bedard and her husband Jay of Dudley, Gordon E. Pierce and his wife Consuelo of New Mexico, Steven M. Pierce of Worcester, Valerie R. Milosh and her husband David of Dudley, and Kelly A. Clark and her husband Ty of Southbridge; her best friend and “sister” Jean “Magnolia” Brown of New Mexico; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer, Sarah, John, Eddie, Rose, Michael, Stevie, Erica, Lauren, Jacob, Robert, Alyssa, and Matthew; 11 great-grandchildren, Devin, Trevor, Dannilyn, Dustin, Landon, Joshua, Elizabeth Ann, Madison, Owen, Stephanie, and Tyler; and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon T. Pierce who died in 1973; her brother, Michael Bazara Jr; and her sister, Dorothy M. Lattinville. She was born in Amherst, daughter of the late Michael and Anna Rose (Kruglis) Bazara Sr., and lived in Dudley for the last 9 years. She graduated from Amherst High School in 1951 and then received her associate’s degree in nursing.
Mrs. Pierce was a school nurse at the Devereux School in Rutland for over 10 years, retiring in 1995. Previously, she worked at Monson State Hospital, Belchertown State Hospital, Quaboag Nursing Home in West Brookfield, and Rutland Heights Hospital. She had her own ministry at home of crocheting for those in need. She enjoyed her time in Maine and loved to be near the ocean. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren - actively participating in their lives.
Mrs. Pierce recently completed her children’s book she started 28 years ago. “Willie and Willamena” was published just prior to her passing.
The family would like to thank Michelle, Jenn, Amy, Shirsty, and Angela from the VNA of Southern Worcester County and Central Mass Hospice, for their weekly visits and exceptional care during her illness.
A private graveside service will be held at North Cemetery in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 . Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.