Anna Whiteside, a passionate, independent, business woman; a lover of nature, family and community

Anna Whiteside, 84, Warren, VT, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on January 20, 2021, while visiting her daughter in Massachusetts.

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Anna was born in Norwalk, CT, and attended Sacred Heart Academy and Norwalk High School. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, took courses at Parsons School of Design and worked in advertising in New York City. She later studied anthropology and writing at Goddard College and the University of Vermont.

Anna moved to the Mad River Valley in 1963 and resided in Warren for over 55 years. This is where Anna raised her children, opened her heart and home to many who needed a place to stay, and ran her business, Valley Associates Real Estate, later known as VARE. Her office was a fixture on Route 100 for more than 50 years.

Clients loved Anna and Anna loved her clients, many of whom became her lifelong friends. She took the time to get to know people on a personal level, walking properties with newcomers and sharing her insights about the exquisiteness the Valley had to offer. Anna was vibrant and strong and could outpace most people half her age on her daily walks with her loving pets, Summer (1997-2013) and Zoey.

Anna was passionate about family, work, education, community and many causes, including women’s rights, environmental conservation and animal welfare. She was a member of the Vermont Democratic Caucus in the 1970s and was on the Warren Planning Commission for many years. 

An avid reader, Anna pursued her interests in political history, psychology, art, current events and more through books, and loved to discuss such topics over a good meal. She was also a great cook, specializing in Italian dishes. Preparing homemade meals for the multitude of guests who visited her home was an expression of love and especially important to Anna. 

Out in nature is where Anna found peace and joy. She loved exploring Vermont’s magical terrain, hiking, swimming, snowshoeing, skiing, and fishing with her kids when they were young.  During the summer you could often find her outside, tending to an amazing vegetable and herb garden and picking fresh flowers for her dining room table. 

Anna also enjoyed travelling, and especially treasured the three visits she was able to make to  Ischia (the island in Italy where her parents were born) once as a teen with her parents, once with her children, and later with her sister. 

Anna is survived by her three children, Joseph DeLuca (m. AnaMaria DeLuca) of San Francisco, CA; Nick DeLuca of Bridgeport, CT; Nina DeLuca of Lincoln, MA; and two grandchildren, Henry DeLuca, and SofiaRose DeLuca. Anna is also survived by her siblings, Frank DiScala Sr. and Joseph DiScala, as well as 15 nieces and nephews, including Thomas Horton of Warren, and a large extended family. Anna is predeceased by her parents, George and Antoinette DiScala, two siblings, George DiScala Jr. in 2020, and Catherine DiScala in 2019.