She was born in Sora, Frosinone Italy
At the age of 3 she entered a boarding school in Rome until she was 17. A countess paid for her tuition for all of those years. Then Anna came to Michigan to be with her mother, Filomena La Posta.
She married Dino Raffin in 1962 and had 2 sons, Robert Raffin & Michael Raffin. Robert is married to Lucy and they have a 3y/o son John Michael. Michael passed away in 2017 and has a daughter, Mia Raffin.
Anna’s siblings are Silvio La Posta, Norma La Posta and Diana Aldini. Anna is also the most favorite aunt (Zia) of Cinzia DiVito, Anthony Raffin, Marisa Raffin, Vladimiro DiVito, Emilia La Posta, Stefano La Posta, Pia La Posta, Vince Aldini & Frank Aldini.
Anna lived in Detroit, East Detroit (her favorite because of her wonderful neighbors), Sterling Heights and finally in Shelby Township.
To know Anna Raffin was to LOVE Anna Raffin. Her best qualities were she was so incredibly giving, nonjudgmental, creative, supportive, loving, uplifting, and generous to a fault. She LOVED her Italian heritage and Italian cooking.
Anna worked at Schiavi’s Restaurant and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.
She loved opera, music, cooking, sewing, crocheting, her friends, meeting new people, good wine, and most of all her family.
She belonged to Wimbledon Racquet Club, Italian Study Group of Troy with Luella Baron, Italian Coral with Dina Sorresi, Italian Children’s Folk Ensemble. Anna bowled with S. Francesco Church League.
Anna also organized and helped Steve Stolaruk at the Concorde Inn Hotel with Italian singers & dancers’ performances and the afterglow. She helped make costumes for the Italian regions for their dancers. In 1982 she arranged a dinner at the Dearborn Italian American Club for the Champion World Cup. She made baskets to donate to S. Francesco Orphan’s Club and pasta dinners. Anna made and donated sweets, scarves, blankets to the Ford Motor Company Family Care House and Family Service for UAW/Ford Motor Company. She organized a dinner for Tornado MRCA from Gioia Del Colle, a military group from Italy. She fed the homeless and donated clothes in downtown Detroit with her son Michael Raffin.
This woman was the epitome of a super woman! And I am most grateful to have had her in my life and to be able to call her my SISTER!
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Sterling Heights Chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road.