Timmerman (nee Witko), Anne Elizabeth
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Dryden: Anne Elizabeth Timmerman (nee Witko), age 60, passed away on Monday, July 1, at her home in Dryden, following an intense battle with cancer. She spent the last 3 months surrounded by family and friends at all times. She will be greatly missed in the Dryden community, as well as the area at large. Anne spent her entire life in service of those she loved, and would do anything for anyone. She truly held the community together with her compassion, empathy and generosity. Anne was one of the most caring and loving women imaginable, a true angel. Born on February 20, 1953 in Hudson, NY, the third of four children born to loving parents Edward Stanley Witko, Sr. and Marion Carey Witko, and has been a symbol of happiness and joy to all who have ever known her.
Anne attended elementary school in the Onteora School District in the Catskill Region of New York, where her father was the Principal and coached many sports. She earned the title of 'Valedictorian' of her graduating 6th grade class, and was always known as one of the most intelligent among her peers. The Witko family moved to Dryden in 1967, and Anne attended Dryden schools until her senior year. In June of 1971 she was graduated from Ithaca's Cascadilla School. After attending 3 different colleges, Anne received her Nursing Degree from Keuka College in 1977.
That same year, her daughter Jessica A. Van Sickle was born, followed by another daughter, Megan M. De Haas (Jason) in 1979. Anne made her lifelong home in Dryden with her loving husband, Robert Timmerman. Together they ran the Sunshine Sign Company, in addition to the many years that Anne spent working for the Tompkins County Health Department. In recent years, Anne worked at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, where she continued to charm everyone around her.
Anne was very passionate about helping others and would go to the ends of the earth to help someone she loved, or even a complete stranger. Known for her gentle and joyful ways, Anne was dedicated to her family and friends and found the most joy in her grandsons, Leif and Isaac De Haas, both of Dryden. She and Bob loved to travel, cruising the countryside listening to music, and attending various sign shows around the East Coast. Though Anne enjoyed many things, such as reading and doing crossword puzzles, perhaps the one thing that brought her the most joy in life, which is what made her so beautiful and special, is that her true passion was really just to make sure that every single person in her reach was as happy and safe as possible, and she did everything she could to make it happen.
Anne is predeceased by her parents, mentioned above, and is survived by her wonderful husband, Robert Timmerman; 3 loving siblings, Susan Witko Plunket of Manhattan, Stanley Witko (Jing Wang) of Queens, and Edward Witko, Jr. (Linda Pealo) of Dryden; daughters, Jessica Van Sickle of Interlaken, Megan (Jason) DeHaas of Dryden; grandsons, Leif and Isaac DeHaas of Dryden; nieces, Ana Khadivi of Manhattan, Jodi Wang of Queens; nephews, Stanley Witko, Jr. and Jordan Witko of Portland, OR, Christopher Witko of Pheonix, AZ; as well as nephews, Matthew, Daniel, and Jonathan Timmerman; and many cousins. In addition to the surviving family members, Anne has left behind so many beloved friends, all of whom loved her more than words can say. Thank you for your endless hours of help, love and support throughout. Anne loved you all, and is watching over you now.
Friends and family may call on Anne at the Perkins Funeral Home, 55 West Main Street, Dryden, on Saturday, July 6th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the calling hours, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 150 Bradshaw Rd. in Dryden. www.perkinsfuneralhome.com
Perkins Funeral Home, Inc.
55 West Main Street Dryden, NY 13053-0022
Published in Ithaca Journal on July 3, 2013