Frances L. Acker

Chester - Frances L. Acker, 91, of Chester Village West and formerly of Old Lyme, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Acker was born on April 1, 1918, in Astoria, N.Y., the daughter of Ernest and Caroline Berger. She received her bachelor's degree from Hunter College and her teaching certificate from Hofstra University.

She married Frederick Acker on Oct. 3, 1943, in Astoria, N.Y. She taught special education in the Nassau County, Long Island school system for five years until her move to Connecticut where she taught special education in the Waterford school system until her retirement in 1976.

After her retirement, Mrs. Acker was active in the Literacy Volunteers in Connecticut, volunteered at the Nearly New Shop of St. Ann's Episcopal Church and the American Cancer Society, and was a volunteer teacher in the Old Lyme Elementary School. She was a member of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Old Lyme.

Mrs. Acker is survived by her husband, Fred; her daughters, Karen O'Malley of Tonawanda, N.Y., Marlene Macnaughtan and her husband, Don, of New Martinsville, W.V. and Old Lyme, and Wendy Boehm and her husband, Paul, of Leesport, Pa. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frances' memory to St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Shore Road, Old Lyme CT 06371.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, Old Lyme, is handling the arrangements.

Published in The Day on Oct. 18, 2009