Anna Brown Isusi, 92, of Stone Ridge

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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