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On Sunday, November 12, 2017, following a brief and unexpected illness, Ann (Carney) LaSelva passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. At her bedside was the love of her life and husband of 57 years, Armand LaSelva, and her four children. Her family will be forever grateful for the care and effort demonstrated by the doctors and staff at Beth Israel. Because Ann was so active and engaged in life, her illness and passing was quite unexpected.
Ann was born June 23, 1937, in Malden, Mass., the daughter of Edward and Mary (Dempsey) Carney. Her father died when she was only two years old and she shared an especially close relationship with her mother. They shared a home with her loving uncle, Martin Dempsey, who would later become a grandfather figure to her children.
Ann became an accomplished dancer in her youth, studying ballet and modern dance at the Boston Conservatory. She often spoke fondly of the summers she spent at the New England Dance Festival at Connecticut College, dancing among the most prominent dancers of her era. Ann was a natural teacher and selected to teach dance at Framingham State College while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree. While raising her family, she continued to teach dance at multiple studios, later opening a dance studio in her home in Beverly, Mass.
Ann’s professional career began as a teacher at the Forestdale Elementary School in Malden and resumed years later, after raising her family, at Mrs. Alexander’s School in Beverly. Before retiring in 2001, she had been working for the North Shore Consortium with special needs children.
Ann was fully engaged in many aspects of her life and community. No matter where she lived, Ann inserted herself into the lives of people around her, making a difference to many. She always cherished and nurtured friendship, leading to many close, lifelong friends who appreciated her generous spirit, sense of humor, and quick wit. She was and had always been a dedicated, faithful, Catholic and was involved with the parishes she attended. She often volunteered to help friends in need, deliver Meals on Wheels, and became active in the causes she embraced.
No cause was more dear to Ann than the role of wife, mother, and “Nunnie.” She and Armand (A & A) were married for 57 years, becoming like a single entity, demonstrating the eventual evolution and culmination of what God intends a marriage to be. They spent 33 years in Beverly, raising their four children on Boyles Street. When grandchildren entered her life, Ann continued to attend school events, sporting events, and all things important to her grandchildren.
The suddenness of her death has been a shock to all. Ann was an active, vivacious woman, recently celebrating her 80th birthday in Italy with Armand, regularly walking the trails at Maudsley State Park, and taking yoga classes near her home in West Newbury, Mass. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family: the Marciano children, Peter, Paul and Tricia; her childhood and lifelong friend, Sister Betty Ann Donoghue; Rosemary and the gals of Framingham State; Marla and the gang from St. Mary’s; the women from Mrs. Alexander’s School; the countless friends she made through her 80 years, and, of course, the Jakes.
Her immediate family includes her husband, Armand LaSelva of West Newbury; daughter, Mary LaSelva of Newburyport; son, Martin LaSelva, his wife, Penny, and their four children, Deirdre, Conor, Bridget and Michael of South Berwick, Maine; daughter, Julie (LaSelva) Person, her husband, Barry, and their two children, Baylor and Madison of South Berwick, Maine; and son, James LaSelva, his wife, Tara, and their son, Aiden of South Hamilton, Mass.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Elliott Woodworth and Rogers Funeral Home, 35 Green St., Newburyport, MA. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Redeemer Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green St., Newburyport, MA. All are invited to join us at a reception immediately following at the Parish Center, located next to the church. Burial will be private for the family.
Published on  November 14, 2017
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