Obituaries 07-08-2020

Anita Veldhuizen-Taylor

She had an upbeat personality and a beautiful soul

Anita Veldhuizen-Taylor who celebrated her 50th birthday on June 10, peacefully passed away after a 17-year battle with cancer.

Born in Zwolle, Netherlands, Anita’s adventurous spirit and fierce independence inspired her to move to Boston at the young age of 20. Her easy-going personality and hard-working mentality led to strong and lasting relationships.

Thirteen years after moving to America, her path crossed with John Taylor while accompanying a friend to an Easter gathering. With her upbeat attitude and beautiful soul, John and his family instantly loved Anita, just as she instantly loved them.

Anita filled her garden and home with creativity and her family with laughter and countless happy memories. She transformed her garden into a sanctuary and shared it with her cat, Missy, who she had taken in from the outdoors and nurtured back to health.        

Anita is survived by her loving husband, John Taylor, her mother, Gea Krekel, her father, Frits Veldhuizen, her brother, Richard Veldhuizen, his wife, Laura and their two daughters, Lynn and Nora, her mother-in-law, Sabina Taylor, brother-in-law, Edward Taylor, sister-in-law, Judy Taylor-Crespo and her four sons: Richard, Joshua, Ethan and Evan Crespo and brother-in-law, Ricky Crespo.

Please join us as we celebrate her life on Sunday, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Vazza’s “Beachwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere.

At the family’s, request please omit flowers. Donations may be made in Anita’s memory to Mass General Hospital Yawkey Cancer Center. Adhering to the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC, visitation will be limited to 40 family members and friends. A mask will be required to attend services. For guest book and directions please visit

Anna Patricia Blair

A stay at home mother with a huge heart and a bright smile

Anna Patricia (Pepe) Blair, 87, passed away peacefully in her home on June 19 surrounded by her loving family.  

She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth P. Blair, Sr., devoted, loving and amazing mother of the late Kenneth P. Blair, Jr., Vincent, Janet, Lee-Ann and Edward Blair of East Boston and  Joseph and his wife, Sally Blair of Lincoln, MA; adored and proud grandmother of nine grandchildren:  Kristina (Blair) and her husband, Andrew Howard of Washington, DC,  Casey (Blair) and her husband, Dave Hunt of Londonderry, NH,  Robert G. Vitale, Jr. of Peabody,  Olivia (Danielle) Fernandez of East Boston,  Matthew, Thomas, Andrew, Joan and Emma of Lincoln, MA  and two great grandchildren, Cody and Mackenzie Hunt of Londonderry, NH and also the late Linda Bohnicky of Maynard, MA.  

Anna was born on July 26,1932 and was a lifelong resident of East Boston.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph A. Pepe, Sr. and Pasqualina (Grieco) Pepe of East Boston, originally from Bonito Avellino, Italy.  Anna was the cherished sister to the late Alexander (Sonny) Pepe and his late wife, Pam of Marstons Mills, Cape Cod, Gilda (Pepe) Morgan and her late husband, Jack of Moreno Valley, CA,  Anthony and his wife, Fran of Punta Gorda, FL and Joseph Pepe, Jr. and his wife, Marie of East Boston.  Anna was loved and adored by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  

She was a stay at home mother with a huge heart and bright smile, who devoted everything to her loving family.  Those who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her made friendships that lasted a lifetime.  

We lost a remarkable woman full of Life, Courage and Determination with such Style, Elegance and a Personality that Lit up a Room.

Anna was the Family’s Matriarch, Historian and Storyteller. Her Talents were Endless. She will be Missed, Loved  and Remembered by All. Our Tears were no match for the Cheers in Heaven.  

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Funeral Home, East Boston. She was laid to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For more information, please visit

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