FLORENCE – Ann Haffey Quinn, 60, of North Farms Road, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Born Sept. 10, 1952, in Groton, Conn., she was the daughter of Charles and Teresa (Moynihan) Haffey.
Ann graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, in 1974 and received her master's degree in education from Harvard University in 1979. From there, Ann began her long and rewarding career as an educator. After spending her first years as an English teacher at the Taft School and Thayer Academy, Ann joined the faculty at Deerfield Academy. Ann served as a valued member of the Deerfield community, both as a teacher and an administrator, where she impacted the lives of countless students over a period of 26 years.
Ann met her future husband while studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland, in the fall of 1972. Ann married Thomas Quinn on a sunny day June 10, 1978, and the two were loving and faithful partners ever since. Whether busy raising two energetic boys or building a new home, they tackled each task together as a team. They recently celebrated 35 years of happy marriage with a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
Ann lived life to the fullest, spending time with her large family, many friends, and her ever-growing list of hobbies and talents. Ann was an avid reader as well as an accomplished poet; her pieces were featured on National Public Radio and published in the New Yorker. She delighted in hosting dinner parties, as they allowed her to combine her loves of cooking and entertaining friends. In recent years, Ann became very active in yoga, eventually earning her teaching certification and instructing her own classes in Northampton. Ann also loved joining her friends at the Orchards Golf Course.
Above all else, Ann loved her family. She leaves behind a husband Tom; two sons, Ben and Connor; two daughters-in-law, Natalie and Liz; four sisters, Eileen, Joan, Mary and Celia; one brother, Charlie; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private service in Ann's memory and a public memorial service will be held at the Mt. Holyoke Abbey Memorial Chapel Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. Czelusniak Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the KIPP Foundation at KIPP Foundation, Attn: Donations, 135 Main St., Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA 94105 or online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/KIPP.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sept. 13, 2013