Anita Drier

anita drier

January 3, 1962

We gather here to remember the truly remarkable Anita Drier, a woman whose resilience and dedication shaped every aspect of her life. Anita, known affectionately by some as anitatheshoewitch, Nita, and GranNi, was born in the bustling heart of New York, NY, USA, on January 3rd, 1962. Her journey led her from the vibrant streets of Bayside and Rego Park, Queens, NY, to the glimmering lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she spent the past twenty years of her life. Her story, like her spirit, was bold and vibrant, filled with strength, love, and a passion for the world around her. Anita was a reliable force in the world of retail, with a career at Saks 5th Ave spanning over three decades. She had an uncanny knack for fashion, and her love for shoes and accessories was infectious. Despite her retirement in 2021, she was fondly remembered and often recognized for her unique flair and unrivaled salesmanship. Her dedication was not just limited to her work. Anita’s love extended to her hobbies, which were as diverse and colorful as her personality. From Lego and miniature model building to muscle cars and boating, to sharing all kinds of experiences with us such as concerts and conventions, she embraced every moment with an enthusiasm that was uniquely Anita. Her most prized possession was her Pontiac 1978 Skybird, a testament to her love for muscle cars. Anita was not just a dedicated worker and a lover of life, but she was also a loving wife and mother. She cherished her family and friends, her dogs, and the bonds she built. She loved sending gifts to those who mattered whether it was to Lara, as a surprise, her grandkids, no matter the occasion, or her friends, because she just happened to be thinking of them. Gift giving was a huge part of Anita’s love language. As her husband, I can undoubtedly say that Anita was the best wife and mother ever. She was a beacon of love and strength for our daughter, Lara, her step daughter, Jennifer, son-in-law, Michael, and her sister, Sharon. That beacon of love growing even brighter with her grandchildren Ryleigh and Chase. Preceded in death by her parents, Louise Wander and Charles Griefer, Anita leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience, and dedication. As we mourn the loss of Anita, we also celebrate the life she led. In the words of Helen Keller, “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” We invite you to leave memories and upload photos to the memorial page, to share and celebrate the life of our beloved Anita. Your stories and images will help us remember her spirit and keep her memory alive.

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