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Anna Shearing, 62: woman of faith, actress, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Anna Yvonne (Carparelli) Shearing, a woman of remarkable talent, beauty, love, and faith, went on to be with the Lord on October 6, 2004 at Calvary (Hospice) Hospital in New York after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was 62.

Anna was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. She graduated from John Bapst High School, in Bangor, in 1961 and the University of Maine in 1965. While in college, Anna, who had always displayed a remarkable talent for the arts, began a promising acting career. She participated in summer stock companies and completed graduate work at the University of Michigan that, in turn, led to an acting fellowship at The Hillsbury Classic Theatre at Wayne State University. After graduation she was selected to join the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and preformed there until her marriage.

Anna married John A. Shearing in 1968. They had two sons, Geoffrey M. and James G. Shearing. Anna also raised Anne, Laura, and John, Jack’s children from a previous marriage. Anna devoted herself to her new family with great love and gave all she could to help them. Anna was especially interested in painting, interior design, and travel to Italy and Israel. However, she always seemed happiest when she was helping someone else.

Anna was raised as a Roman Catholic and became a born-again Christian in 1983. Anna truly loved the Lord. Her Christian faith and spirituality were translated into action. She worked tirelessly for the Crisis Pregnancy Center philanthropy and contributed to many Christian groups. She was deeply involved with community Christian church groups wherever she resided. Her faith was a source of immeasurable strength and comfort to her and those around her. Anna’s legacy is the love and faith that she left her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Anna has left firm friends in Hale’s Location, Plymouth, and North Conway, NH; New York City and Suffern, NY; and Port Murray, NJ. Her friends and relatives in Bangor, ME will miss her exceptional kindness, generosity and graciousness.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; her children, Geoff, Jim, Anne, Laura, and John; eight grandchildren; her sister, Carmella, and her brother, Nick; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Anna’s memory be made to any of the following organizations: Lung Cancer Support Community (www.lchelp.com), 112 Hollywood Boulevard, Euless, TX, 76040; Calvary Hospital Fund (www.calvaryhospital.org), 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY, 10461; or the LUNGevity Foundation (www.lungevity.org), 4541 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 303, Chicago, IL, 60640.

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Geoff and Melinda,

I am so saddened by this news, and know how you will miss her. Geoff, your Mother fought a brave battle. What an impressive lady! The pain she endured will be no more, as she is released from the earthly shell that contained her soul. She will be with our Lord, Jesus Christ. May God help you through this loss.


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May you find comfort knowing that your mother lives in the memories of her dear family and friends.

You are a wonderful son and advocate for your mother. You are a testament to her goodness. Carry good thoughts of her as you travel through life. There ARE better days ahead. Sometimes it's hard to see that through the fog of grief.

love and fortitude


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Dear Geoff & Melinda,

I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep you in prayer. What a beautiful obituary you have written in your mother's honor, I'm sure you have made her, and will continue to make her, very proud.

God bless you and your family thru these difficult times.


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Dear Geoff and Melinda,

My sincere condolences to all who loved this remarkable woman. Prayers to you all for comfort in the knowledge that you did everything possible to help her through the illness, and everything possible to make her entire life's journey one of love and laughter.

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