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Ann Marie DeVries

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Ann Marie DeVries

1926 - 2015 CANAAN, CT. Ann Marie "Ronny" DeVries of Canaan, CT. passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 at Geer Village. Predeceased by her husband, Hendrik DeVries, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Ann Marie was born on Feb. 10, 1926, in Caldwell, N.J., to William Conrad Schanz and Bianca Isabel Allen. Mrs. DeVries attended Glenridge High School, and after graduating was accepted to a college majoring in fine arts in West Orange, New Jersey. She was a gifted artist, and donated a lot of her time to those who needed to announce upcoming events with her very creative posters, flyers, and newsletters. Her Christmas cards were an annual treat. She was an avid gardener, known for her beautiful dahlias. Ann Marie loved animals, of which she had many. She and her husband enjoyed riding horses for pleasure and competition. Ann Marie married Hendrik DeVries on Mar. 13, 1946. They were married for 60 years. She was employed for many years at Housatonic Valley Regional High School until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of the Ashley Falls Methodist Church, the Canaan-Falls Village Historical Society, the Canaan Garden Club, and contributed some of her time to Habitat for Humanity. Ann Marie leaves behind two sons, William H. DeVries and his wife, Joan, J. Dale DeVries and his wife, Kate, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two nieces. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in Canaan, CT. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gardenside Unit, attention Terry Holm, Geer Village, 77 South Canaan Road, Canaan, CT.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 7, 2015
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