Anna Brown Isusi, 92, of Stone Ridge
Anna Brown Isusi of New York City and Stone Ridge, N.Y., entered into eternal glory on Nov. 15, 2016, just two months before her 93rd birthday. She was admitted to New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital just three days earlier.
A peaceful departure prevailed in the presence of her three sisters: Philomena Link, Marguerite Lockwood (and her daughter, Andrea) all of Kingston, N.Y.; Delia Brown and her brother, Nicholas Jr. (and his son, Nicky), all of Stone Ridge, N.Y. Also, daughter Dorie Johnston of Tucson, Ariz., granddaughter Amy Rivera (husband Art) of Ireland and grandson, Jacob Johnston (wife Sara) of California. Further, she is survived by her sister, Edith Mallaney (husband Tom) of Leesburg, Va., and a great-granddaughter, Bailie Johnston of Calif. The immediate family includes many two- and three-generation nieces and nephews as well as her lifelong friend, Diane Campbell of Tucson, Ariz.
Anna was predeceased by her husband, Charles Isusi, whom she married May 1, 1949. Her brother, Frank Brown, also died previously.
Anna’s extraordinary life began on Jan. 11, 1924, being born to Italian immigrant parents, Nicholas deDominicis Brown and Christina Iacobelli Brown. Her birth was in the wellknown house on Atwood Road originally recognized as Brown’s Hotel. Four of her sisters were also born there.
Early schooling began at the Atwood one-room schoolhouse. Then, on to Kingston High School, where she graduated in the class of 1942.
Her future career was already focused by the caricature drawing in the yearbook, showing Anna with apron and rolling pin. The caption read, “Anna likes to cook and bake”.
After a year of college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., she started work as a “salad girl” in Schrafts Restaurants. A lifelong career was soon established in food and administrative management. This became a 38year profession with the FG Schadt Co. However, in her retirement, she spent two years with Depository Trust, seven years managing the Doral Inn Hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City and completed her career at Sak’s Fifth Avenue for five years.
Even though these were her professional New York life accomplishments, her heart never left the love of the involvement of the historic Brown’s Hill Top Tavern in Atwood. Here Anna earned the title of “Queen of the Kitchen.” This family endeavor earned “Pop” the title of “The Oldest Inn Keeper in the State” as featured on national ABC News with Anna Bond. The historic house was filled with treasurers and the sevencourse meal served by the whole family was superb!
Anna was a person of tremendous energy. Despite her commitment to work, family and friends, would you ever guess that she had time to volunteer many days a week after work? This was at the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home. There, she helped with the elderly, running the coffee shop, hosting the holiday parties and pushing many a wheelchair, bringing joy and comfort to those in her presence. She has been honored and celebrated for her thousands of hours of service over the years. Her fashion trademark was the flowers that she wore in her hair. A festive touch that matched her compelling smile.
Anna had the ability to make others feel welcomed and special with her outgoing, bubbly personality.
She often joked that she should have been on the TV show, “I’ve Got A Secret.” That’s because she could spell her name (ANNA ISUSI) forward and backward (she had no middle name).
However this no secret: She is greatly loved by her family, friends, and employers. Her willingness to help and give of herself in untiring and supportive ways is her legacy that will live forever.
Her body will be laid to rest alongside her husband at a family gathering at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.
Memorial contributions, which are sincerely appreciated, may be made to: Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home, 1339 York Ave., New York, N.Y. 10021.