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Anna Rocelli Peters
Viewing: March 31, 2019 (Sunday) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Service: April 1, 2019 (Monday) at 10:00 am
Location: St. John Neumann R.C. Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD

Anna Roncelli Peters

Wife of Foreign Service Officer

Anna Roncelli Peters, 93, died Thursday March 28, 2019 after a two-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Montgomery Village, MD. She had been a resident of Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties since 1984.

Anna was born on July 25, 1925 in Trieste, Austria (now Italy), the daughter of the late Giovanni Roncelli and Emilia Fonda Roncelli. As Trieste was part of Austria when she was born, Anna grew up speaking German and Slovenian at home. When Trieste became part of Italy, she learned Italian and spoke it for the rest of her life.

In 1948 Anna met John Peters, an American GI assigned with the 88th Infantry Division, Army of Occupation, Trieste, Italy.  They married on Sep 25th, 1950 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Trieste. John returned to the United States, became a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. Anna rejoined him in the United States after receiving her visa in 1952. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1956.

From 1956 to 1986, Anna accompanied her husband, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, on his assignments to various embassies and consulates around the world, including Australia, Greece, Israel, West Germany and Yugoslavia. Anna kept the home and raised their two children. After moving to Montgomery Village in 1989, she became an active member of St. John Neumann R.C. Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her brother, Giovanni “Nino” Roncelli of Trieste, Italy, and her sister, Giuseppina “Pinka” Roncelli Fachin of Port Lincoln, Australia. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, John G. Peters; a son, Michael (Louisa) Peters of Falling Water, WV; a daughter Mary Shewan (Gerald) of Montgomery Village, MD; three grandchildren, William, Elizabeth and James Shewan of Montgomery Village, MD. Several nieces and nephews in Italy and Australia also survive.

Friends are invited to call at the DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Neumann R.C. Church, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD at 10:00 a.m. on Monday April 1, 2019. Burial to follow after the Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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