Ann Rose Halpin died on Friday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness. She was 85.
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Born Ann Rose Walsh in Scranton in 1927, she was the daughter of the late Anthony J. and Mary E. Shea Walsh. Ann grew up in the Bellevue neighborhood and graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1945.
Ann lived in Scranton for most of her life, but spent much of her time during the 1980s and 1990s in Palm Beach Shores, Florida, the beach town she had fallen in love with during a visit after high school. Her future husband convinced her to return to Scranton.
Ann worked at the Scranton Lace Company before she married William H. Halpin. Mr. Halpin was a reporter for The Scranton Times. They raised twelve children — eight daughters and four sons. She was a devout Catholic who drove, and often walked, from her home in the Hill Section to St. Ann's Basilica in West Side to attend 7 o'clock Mass each evening. After raising her family, Mrs. Halpin did volunteer work at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and at a women's shelter. She enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, swimming, playing the piano and dancing. Ann remained active her entire life, even attending Mass this past week.
Ann is survived by seven daughters and three sons, Anne (David) Slifer, Ottsville; Barbara Lavelle, San Francisco; Mary (Thomas) Swift, San Francisco; Grace (Robert) Medallis, Scranton; Anthony (Mary Ellen), Dunmore; Thomas, Scranton; Ellen (Timothy) Dailey, Dunmore; Susan (Martin) Kelly, Moscow; Bernadette (George) Phillips, Dunmore; and Gregory (Elisha), State College. Also surviving are her siblings, Joan O'Hearn, Anthony Walsh and Gerard Walsh; as well as 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Halpin Sr.; her son, William H. Halpin Jr.; her daughter. Joan Halpin Lotz; a son-in-law, James Lotz; and grandson, Jeffrey Halpin; as well as her sisters, Eleanore Walsh, Mildred Cliff, Mary Duhigg, Dorothy Quinn, Grace Perry, and brother, James Walsh.
The family would like to thank the caring staff of St. Mary's Villa Residence for their love and support of their mother.
The funeral will be conducted on Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Monastery and Shrine Basilica, 1233 St. Ann's St., Scranton. Friends may call at the Frank M. Regan Funeral Home, 715 Linden St., Scranton, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those attending funeral services are requested to proceed directly to the church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Ann's Parish Food Pantry, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504; or St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2013