Gloucester — Anna R. (Gaughan) Stapulonis, 85, of Gloucester, formerly of Woodbridge, Va. and wife of the late Charles J. Stapulonis, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester following a brief illness.
She was born in Lawrence on June 9, 1927, daughter of the late Peter Gaughan and Anna (Connelly) Gaughan.
After attending St.Patrick’s School and working at several Lawrence mills, Anna met and married Charles Stapulonis (USMC). Anna and Charlie spent their married years at Marine Corps bases in North Carolina and Virginia. After Charlie’s death at age 41, Anna stayed in Virginia and raised their two young daughters as a single mom. She then began her career as a school bus driver for Prince William County, Va., a job she held for over 30 years.
Anna enjoyed traveling on her own and with her family including trips to Foxwoods with her sisters Mary and Eileen, Australia, Alaska, Manitoba Canada, her family homestead in County Mayo Ireland, and numerous trips with her daughters including an African safari, many countries in Europe, and the Soviet Union. Anna also had an unyielding soft spot for animals, especially those in need. Many strays and injured wildlife that were fortunate enough to cross paths with Anna were rescued or adopted over the years. Her biggest thrill, though, was finally becoming “Grandma” to Morgan six years ago and to Dylan four years ago.
Anna’s passing has left a hole in our hearts that can never possibly be replaced.
She is survived by her two daughters, Rita Stapulonis of Gloucester, and Janice Rathjen and her husband Lars of Arlington, Va.; two grandchildren, Morgan and Dylan Rathjen both of Arlington, Va.; her two sisters, Mary Stone of Andover, and Eileen Hannagan of Haverhill, and several nieces, nephews and cousins in the greater Lawrence area and in Ireland. She was predeceased by her brothers Peter Gaughan, John Gaughan, and infant James Gaughan and sisters Kathleen Paris and Theresa Bartlett.