Greece: Saturday, November 27, 2010 at age 57. Survived by her parents Rocco and Marie Patricelli; her husband of 31 years, George Cantabene; daughter, Melanie Cantabene; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Peter) Sinden, Janice Cantabene; dear friend, Joyce Greenwood; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; dear friends. Anita was employed with the Northwest YMCA for 10 years. She enjoyed her faithful dogs, Angel and Lola. Friends may call Wednesday 3-8 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday 9:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Good Days & Special Times or the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in her memory.

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  1. Anita fought to stay as long as she could
    and her battle has ended and she is at
    peace. May all of the good memories
    help you through this very difficult time.
    I have many fond memoires of living
    down the street from you and the friendship that we had from playing golf
    at Latta Lea to just seeing each other
    at different times throughout the years.
    She will always have a special place in
    my heart.

  2. Anita Sue was my first playmate. Her mom and dad lived next door and ‘Nippy’ played with me and my sister, Lori (Cala) Norselli until they moved to Greece.

    My heart goes out to George, Melanie and Marie and Rocky.

    Nippy fought a long, hard and courageous battle. She will always be in my heart.

    Diana (Cala) Melville

  3. Anita was a very special lady-a great wife, a great mother, a kind friend who was always so nice & caring to everyone she met. She was a courageous fighter against her disease & always so proud of her wonderful family! Rest in Peace!

  4. Dear Family of Anita:

    Anita was one of the most loving and caring people that I have been blessed to meet and spend time with. She loved her family and her friends and was always full of happiness and life. She will be deeply missed and always in our hearts.

  5. Dear family,
    I was Anita’s roommate last January when Camp Good Days sent us to Disneyworld. What a wonderful, warm, loving person with such a huge heart. Though I was only with her for the 5 days in Florida, I will never forget her. A little girl on the trip, April, took to Anita immediately, and I will always remember the two of them palling around. She had a wonderful time on that trip, and we shared some special conversations in our room at the end of the day. Thank you for sharing her with me. God Bless.

  6. Dear George and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful wife, Anita. I only met her once, at the Hoover Drive reunion at Hamiln, and knew then that she was a very special person. I felt lucky to have had that opportunity to talk with her and share a very small part of her life.
    May God’s blessings fall upon you and your family to bring you comfort, strength and peace in these difficult days ahead.

    I wanted to send you a card but could not find your address. This was a good way for me to communicate with you and to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family.

    Most sincerely,
    Molly Posato

  7. Dear George, Ryan , Cara and I were so sad to learn of Anita’s passing. I am not sure you remember us , but you were so kind to Ryan and Cara when they had you at Arcadia. We will never forget you. Please remember that we are praying for you and Melanie. May you find some comfort in knowing that Anita is at peace with God.

    Sincerely, The Telesca family

  8. Dearest George, Melanie & Family,
    We are so saddened by your deep loss.
    My first memories of Anita were as a sweet 7th grader in my class at Hoover Drive. She always had a beautiful smile and her long hair was so pretty.
    Then, our friendship blossomed all the years we were colleagues, George. You were, and are, such a special friend to me.
    Melanie, how I enjoyed chatting with you.
    Our last time together was at Jennifer’s wedding and what a wonderful evening we all celebrated.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Our deepest sympathy and much love,
    Carolyn & Frank Licurse

  9. George & Mel and Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Anita was truly an amazing person. Her smile and laugh always brightened my day.
    The Northwest YMCA wont be the same without her.
    Thoughts & prayers are with you.

  10. George & Melanie ~
    I am so very sorry for your loss of Anita. She is truly an inspiration to us all. Bless your family and sending love,
    Cathy List

  11. George & Melanie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you both. God Bless, Anita will be missed by many.

  12. George and family,, My thoughts and prayers are with you…I talked and saw your wife many times at the YMCA …She was a wonderful Lady.

  13. George and Melanie ~ Was saddened to hear of Anita’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your families at this most difficult time ~ Love Ro (Legno)

  14. George and Melanie:

    You have been in my thoughts constantly the last several days. Anita will be greatly missed. Her warm smile and the courageous way in which she conducted the last years of her life will long be remembered. Love you both.

  15. George, Melanie and Family,

    We are sorry for your lost. Anita will be missed very much at Northwest YMCA . Are deepest sympathies are with you and your family at this time.

    old Teacher at Greece Arcadia Middle School.
    Maria Szabo

  16. George, Melanie, Marie and Rocky, I was so saddened to hear of Anita’s passing. We were childhood friends and I will always remember her sweet smile. Nippy was a wonderful person who lit up a room when she entered. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lori Norselli

  17. George… My sincerest condolences on the passing of your lovely wife. I was saddened to hear the news. My thoughts & prayers are with you (and Melanie).

  18. Goerge and Melanie: Anita will never be forgotten. I was honored to be her friend and co-worker. I will remember all the laughs we shared – we had alot of fun times working together. She will be in my heart for ever.

  19. Hi George, I am very sorry for your great loss. Anita was always so pleasant and I know she struggled at the end. My prayers are with you during this difficult time and I hope your good memories of your times with Anita will help strengthen and guide you in the weeks and months ahead. Your friend, Fred Garwood

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. Anita and I golfed together many years ago and she was always such a fun, friendly and truely careing person. So sorry for your loss.

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