Ledyard - On Dec. 14, 2012, a beautiful, sunny, cold December morning, Anne M. Sitter, of Gales Ferry, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family after living a productive and fulfilling life.
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Born in Philadelphia, on Dec. 12, 1925, to Lavinia and Francis Meade, Anne was educated and trained as a registered nurse and on Jan. 17, 1949, married Allan E. Sitter. Together they raised six children, Allan E. Sitter Jr., Carol Umphlett, Diane Fowler, Cindy Schalla, Meg Sitter, and Barb Sitter.
Anne worked as a registered nurse and then as the director of Nursing Services at Mystic Manor Convalescent Home until her retirement in 1988. Together, Anne and Al lived in St. Barts, FWI for the next decade, truly enjoying "their" island that they had discovered some 20 years earlier.
Of her many attributes, Anne will always be remembered for her positive attitude, cheerfulness, open-mindedness, and for being a friend to all who knew her. Everyone who met her "loved our mom".
Anne was predeceased by her son, Allan E. Sitter Jr. on Oct. 4, 1979, her husband, Allan E. Sitter Sr. on April 20, 2002, and two grandchildren, Robert and Douglas Schalla.
Those surviving Anne include her six daughters, Yon Sitter (wife of Allan Jr.), Carol Umphlett and her husband, Gary, Diane Fowler, Cindy Schalla and her husband, Jim, Meg Sitter and her wife, Nancy, and Barbara Sitter and her partner, Sue; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at St. James Episcopal Church in New London. Burial will be private.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Mystic Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care for their loving care of their mom.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that each of us take a moment to enjoy the company of those we love, to watch the sunrise or the sunset, to listen to the children play, or enjoy a quiet moment of solitude. For no matter how crazy life may get, or how bad things may seem, "This too shall pass." - Anne.
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Published in The Day on Dec. 18, 2012