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Anna Teresa Velasquez

Thousand Oaks, CA

Our loving Anna Teresa Velasquez went to heaven on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 on a divine, gorgeous morning surrounded by her family and friends.

Anna Teresa Velasquez was born on December 3, 1952 in Berkeley, California to Teresa Maria DeShields Jacuzzi, graduate of UC Berkeley in home economics and loving homemaker, and Donald Francis DeShields Bader, WWII Navy veteran and traveling salesman for the family business Jacuzzi Brothers. As a young girl, Anna lived in Lodi, California until her family moved to Portland, Oregon where she played for her church as an organist and later attended Milwaukie High School. In Oregon, Anna enjoyed playing piano, skiing at Mount Hood, cooking Italian food, visiting Canon Beach, and being amongst friends and family.

Anna began her higher education in physical therapy at Portland State University and completed her degree in physical therapy at The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles when she moved down to Thousand Oaks in 1980 to be alongside her brothers and sisters. While running a physical therapy business at Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent and Nursing Hospital in Newbury Park, she heard about a Halloween event at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall right next to St. Paschal Baylon Church. She attended with a couple friends and met the love of her life, Diego Velasquez.

Diego and Anna were married shortly after in the Catholic Church, St. Paschal Baylon Church, on October 3, 1981. They had three children, William Francesco, Timothy Alejandro, and Catherine Anne Marie.  In the early years, Anna ran her physical therapy business and also served as the Vice President of the family’s construction business, Cali USA Acoustics Inc. For over 30 years, she volunteered regularly as an honorary Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Conejo Valley. Amongst many philanthropic adventures with Diego and her family, she helped distribute over 10,000 wheelchairs with the Rotary Club, and hosted nearly 30 exchange students in her home. Furthermore, she enjoyed swimming at Cal Lutheran University, hiking in Pine Mountain, visiting the Jacuzzi family ranch in Antioch, and mountain biking through Sycamore Canyon to the beach with her family.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Anna enjoyed spending time with her parents that moved to Santa Rosa Valley, raising her daughter, Catherine, and spending time with her grandson, Dylan. In the later years, she continued her charity work delivering Thanksgiving meals to the poor and traveled with Diego, family, and Rotarians on international trips bringing wheelchairs and resources to those in dire need.  

Anna was preceded by her brother Timothy James, her Father Don, and Mother Teresa. As her family and friends would attest, she had a great sense of humor, was very generous, kind, loving, welcoming to everyone including the poor, and really enjoyed having good old fashion fun. Anna’s warm voice, friendly smile, and wonderful presence will be tremendously missed by all that knew her. She loved her family and friends, and like her Father she would live everyday by one of her favorite phrases, “Smile and the world smiles with you”.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 101 E. Wilbur Rd., Thousand Oaks. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday June 21 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Interment will follow at Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village.

In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider making a tax deductible donation in her honor at Thank you in advance for your prayers, love, and support for our dear Anna.


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