My beautiful Aunt Anna Falls came to America from County Tyrone, circa 1925, at age 16. My mother, Liz Falls, who was ten years older, had been here for a few years and sent for her. There were thirteen Falls siblings, six sisters and seven brothers. All of the sisters came to the U.S., as did three of the brothers, around WWI.

Anna was a waitress at Horn & Hartnet’s in Philadelphia, and married Mike Brassil from Tullough, County Clare in 1937. They lived in Abescon, New Jersey, where Mike worked as a milkman for Wilson’s Dairy for 40 years. Anna continued to work at DiLilullos Restaurant in Atlantic City for 25 years, until she retired. After her first baby died in childbirth she did not have any more children, but she was a fairy godmother to her 95 nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, whom she adored. With so much family, she was always on the phone, keeping in touch with all of them, both in the U.S. and Ireland. Anna Falls lived to be 91.

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