Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 7, 2014
SANTA ANN FAMA (nee AMATULLI)
Age 94, of Bethesda, MD, who taught at Bunker Hill
Elementary School in NE Washington, DC died on
September 11, 2014.
The youngest of eight children, Santa moved to
Washington from Brooklyn NY when she was four. She
attended Central High School (1938) and received her
degree from Washington Teachers College. She also
taught at Annunciation Catholic School.
She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in
Bethesda for 55 years and an avid volunteer/supporter of the Assn for Retarded Citizens
in Mont Co. In her later years she belonged to the Serra Club and also taught English to
non-native speakers at Sacred Heart Parish. She participated in the DeChantal Special
Religious Ed. Program.
She married her husband, Sebastian (Ben) in 1948. They have four children: Joseph
Fama (Silver Spring), Rosemary Waugh (Gaithersburg), Jim Fama (Falls Church) and
Ellen Fama (Rockville).
She bravely beat cancer twice. She is survived by seven grandchildren, four great
grandchildren and innumerable nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She loved her
family and her Italian kitchen. She will be missed by all. Services were previously held.