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Anne (Thibodeau/ Hopkins) Sherr, age 90, passed away quietly in her sleep Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 at Oak Knoll Health Care Center in Framingham in the presence of her family. Anne was in declining health since her 90th birthday, and had recently been moved into Oak Knoll. Anne Thibodaeu was born December 27, 1922 in Lynn, Mass. to Patrick and Lucy (Pinfold) Thibodeau. She and her deceased older brother, Robert, moved with her family at age 2 to Twin Maple farm in Gray, Maine where according to her father, she and Bob would be safe from the trolley cars that ran outside their Lynn home. Both her parents were deaf and mute from childhood disease and she and her brother grew up on a large farm that had no electricity, or indoor plumbing, but was filled with love, learning the value of hard work, and the joy of community. Upon graduating high school at age 18, Anne moved to Boston in 1940 to attend the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital nursing program. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1943, and was deployed to Framinghams Cushing Hospital where she treated returning injured soldiers, and where she met her first husband Joseph Hopkins who was himself a returning veteran. They were married in 1945 and lived in Framingham where they had 5 children, Diane Parente of Framingham, Susan Cain of Billerica, Joseph Hopkins of Southboro, Peter Hopkins of Stamford, Ct., and Jane Walsh of Newton all of whom were present at death. Anne was an original employee at the St. Patricks Manor in Framingham and worked there where she retired at age 70, the senior nurse in charge of the Alzheimers unit. Later Anne re-married local resident Harold Sherr and they spent many happy years together enjoying family, and traveling the world she had dreamed of from her childhood farm in Maine. In love with learning and education her whole life, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Framingham State University at the age of 68. Anne and Harold Sherr lived in Northboro together before his death in 1999. Anne is survived by her 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Framingham, where she was a long time member, this coming September 21st at 11:00 am. Anne Sherr will be buried with Harold Sherr and her parents at the family cemetery in Gray, Maine. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers any donations can be made to The Salvation Army of Framingham.

Published in MetroWest Daily News on Sept. 8, 2013
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