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April 9, 1934 - August 30, 2012
Mrs. Anita Marie Pizza passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2012 in Marianna at the age of 78.
She was survived by seven sisters, three sons, four grandsons and Jack, her husband of 55 years. Jack is USAF retired from Tyndall AFB, FL.
Anita and Jack lived in Panama City, FL from 1968 until 2006 when they moved to Marianna, FL. Anita was a world class musician, having performed at private occasions for many notables, including President John F. Kennedy, and the King of Saudi Arabia. She has also performed at the Vatican in Rome. She has performed both free and paid performances in Bay County, including concerts in the Downtown Park and at the Martin Theatre. Anitaâ€™s jazz trio was famed on Cape Cod for 5 years. She was considered a budding star in both New York City and Los Angeles as a solo jazz and Pianist and Vocalist. She was invited to compete for the Miss America Contest in Vermont, but that was declined by her parents for religious reasons. She, as a volunteer, formed and then directed the choir at St. Dominicâ€™s Catholic Church in Panama City for 25 years.
Anitaâ€™s funeral service was held at St. Dominicâ€™s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012 with Father George Sammut officiating. Interment followed at 1 p.m. in the Cavalry Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery in Sunny Hill, FL where she elected to be buried. A time of remembrance was held on Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home. "She Made Others Happyâ€ť