Carol Anne Tannous died unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2012, at her home. She was 70.
She attended St. Augustine Elementary School, Our Lady of Mercy High School and Rochester Institute of Technology’s College for Retailing. As a young adult, Ms. Tannous worked at Wilson’s Corner Grocery on Arnett Boulevared and the Main Street McCurdy & Co.
In 1978, Ms. Tannous purchased Wilson Grocery, and it became the social center for the 19th Ward, including section three of the Rochester Police Department. She was named the 19th Ward Business Association’s Merchant of the Year in 1985.
Wilson Grocery was sold in 1987, and Ms. Tannous began a career with Wegmans Food Markets as manager of various departments in several stores, including Lyell Avenue, from which she retired in 2010 after 23 years of service. She had served as director of the United Way campaign and other store events for the Lyell Avenue store.
Her sister, Joan Tannous Zeppetella, said Ms. Tannous was beloved with a contagious smile and magnetic personality. Ms. Tannous made lifelong friends during her tenure with Wegmans, and the staff and customers had a special place in her heart, her sister said.
Ms. Tannous was active and served on various committees at her home parish, the former St. Augustine Parish, and served as principal of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine religious education program at the parish. During her retirement, she was writing a book titled Have a Swell Day, which had been her personal motto.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, John Siamo Zeppetella, her aunt, Freda (Edward, deceased) Nassar; several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her loving cat, Habebe.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 10, 2012, at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Gates. Entombment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.