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    Alison "Ann" Nikolas Gefre, who worked in cel service for Filmation and Disney from 1977 until 1988, died December 27 in her Reseda, California home of 63 years. She was 91.

    Affectionately known as "Little Annie," she was a painter for the Filmation feature films Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) and Happily Ever After (1990), and was in cel service for the 1988 movie BraveStarr: The Legend.

    Gefre was a key artist for the TV series Captain N & the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) and G.I. Joe (1991-92), and a color designer for the 1991 series Captain N and the New Super Mario World and Captain N: The Game Master.

    She was a cel painter for the TV series Denver, the Last Dinosaur (1988). Billed as Alison DiCecio, she was an ink and paint artist for the 1982 Disney movie TRON.

    Gefre was born on July 18, 1921 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where she was also raised.

    A devout Catholic, she was a founding member of St. Catherine of Siena parish, attending Mass daily until her stroke prevented it. She worked many jobs to help sustain the family.

    "Annie was a tiny woman in stature, but a giant in her love, compassion and faith. She was an inspiration to all," family members said.

    Predeceased in 1999 by husband Anton "Whitey," Ann Gefre is survived by daughters Nancy Bessenbacher and Alison Lyon and sons Brian, Charles and Dale. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robin Scott, Brian Bessenbacher, and Jamie and Jake Lyon; great-grandchildren Kelly Ann, Cameron and Kevin Scott; and many nieces and nephews.

    A Rosary was held January 12 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Reseda, followed by Memorial Mass. Inurnment was private.


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