Swanzey - Marie Anne (Schultz) Commoss, 73, of Swanzey, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene.
Born on Jan. 19, 1940, in Salem, Marie Anne was the daughter of Joseph and Elvira (Boehmer) Schultz. She was raised in Salem, but had also lived in Vermont before moving to Swanzey.
She earned both her undergraduate and two master's degrees at Keene State College, as a reading specialist and an administrator. She was employed as a teacher and principal in various schools over a 40-year career in Vermont and New Hampshire before retiring as the Title I coordinator in Dublin.
An avid reader, Marie Anne also loved swimming, gardening, traveling, puzzles, games and, most especially, time spent with her family and friends. She was a very devoted pet owner.
She is survived by her son, David Commoss of Arizona; two granddaughters, Jennifer Desrosiers and Jessica Stevens, both of Swanzey; two great- grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Schultz and wife Paulette of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters, Helena Ludeman of Montgomery, Mich., and Ruth Hewick of San Diego; and nieces and nephews.
Marie Anne was predeceased by her parents and brother-in-law, Richard "Dick" Ludeman.
services: The service will be held at the West Swanzey Congregational Church on Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served for family and friends immediately following the service. Burial will take place at a later date in the Berg Cemetery in Montgomery, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey 03446 or the West Swanzey Fire Department, 680 Old Homestead, Swanzey 03446.
Tom Petit of the Petit Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an online guestbook at petitfuneralhome.com