Andover, MA — Ann C. (Somma) Cavallaro, 94, died at Wingate at Andover on Sunday, April 21. Ann was the wife of the late Louis S. Cavallaro, and the daughter of the late Giacomo and Rose (Machera) Somma.
Ann was born on July 23, 1918, in Lawrence. The oldest of six children of Italian immigrants, Ann began Lawrence Public Schools in 1923, speaking only Italian, and later graduated from Lawrence High School in 1936 with highest honors. Ann remained active in the LHS Alumni Association and attended all of her class reunions, including her 75th high school reunion in 2011 at the age of 93.
Ann began her professional career working as a bookkeeper for several years at Russem’s Ladies Apparel in Lawrence. In 1946, she joined the Beneficial Finance Company in Lawrence as a senior bookkeeper. Ann left that position to embark on her 25-plus year career at the Lawrence Savings Bank until her retirement in 1977, at which point she had advanced to the position of head of the internal audit department at the bank. During her career, Ann was also active in the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lawrence Credit Women's Breakfast Club, one of the first professional networking groups for women in the area.
In 1977, Ann lived out her dream of relocating to the West Coast with her adoring husband Louis. Ann and Lou lived in San Jose, Calif., until 1990, during which time they traveled extensively in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. In particular, Ann and Lou visited Italy several times to celebrate their proud Italian heritage, spending much of their time in Naples and Sicily. While living in California, Ann modeled petite clothing from a local boutique at various fashion shows, and also resumed her career part-time as an accounting consultant for the Supercuts Hair Salon Chain. Ann retired for the second time in 1989, at the age of 71, hoping that she would have “even more time to ride my (stationary) bike” – a goal that she accomplished for 15 additional years.