Ann Spencer
1929 - 2021
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Ann M. Spencer
Ann M. Spencer of Trumbull, Ct., aged 91, passed away while comforted by her family on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport after a short illness. She will be deeply missed. A private family service will be held with a memorial concert planned for a later date.
Ann was born in Worcester, Mass., on February 28, 1929 and grew up in Orange, Mass. She was predeceased by husband Charles E. Spencer and her parents, James and Edna Blanchard McElroy. She leaves her loving sons, William Spencer and wife Laura Ferrari of Monroe, Ct., and David Spencer and his wife Shannon O'Brien of Bennington, Vt., her cherished granddaughter, Anna Spencer, of Champaign, Ill., her sister Jane Ross and brother-in-law Dr. Philip Ross of Bethesda, Md.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed graduate work at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Later, she earned two master's degrees: her first in education from Southern Connecticut State College, and second in English from the University of Bridgeport. She additionally earned her Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Administration from Fairfield University.
She enjoyed a long teaching career, first teaching Language Arts at the elementary level in Bridgeport and later English at Roger Ludlowe and Andrew Warde High Schools in Fairfield, where she also started the debate club.
She was a member and past president of various local organizations, including the Retired Educators of Fairfield, the Bridgeport Branch of the American Association of University Women for 70 years, the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club and the Bridgeport chapter of the Mount Holyoke Club. She was a member of national and state educational organizations and of the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut.
Ann had been a board member of Learning for a Lifetime at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities in Fairfield, where she also conducted classes in her teaching fields: poetry, short story and play reading.
She was a member of the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Appalachian Mountain Club of Fairfield County.
Ann was a soprano soloist in various area churches, among them the Christian Science Church of Bridgeport, the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport and Nichols United Methodist Church of Trumbull.
Married for 61 years, Ann and her husband Charlie, whom she always considered her best friend, were devoted parents who loved to travel and entertain, accumulating many life-long friends on their journey and maintaining the original "social network" that matters most to a life well lived.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club for its scholarship fund: C/O Joanne Kant, Treasurer, 50 Laurel Drive, Easton, CT 06612
At a later date, when the time is safe to gather together once again, a memorial concert will be given by members of the Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club at The Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church on Fairfield Woods Road in Fairfield. It is being planned in memory of long-time members Ann and Charlie Spencer. Please contact Joanne Kant at or 203-261-9160 for additional information.
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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 30, 2021.
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Bobbie, Jackie and Danny Loss
February 6, 2021
I was very sorry to hear about Ann's passing. She was a dear and loyal friend and colleague. As a debate coach, she was treasured by my son Danny. I will miss her and her beloved Charley. My heartfelt condolences to her family. Bobbie Loss
Barbara Loss
February 6, 2021
Sincere condolences to Ann's friends and loved ones.

I met Ann and her husband, Charlie, through our retired Fairfield teacher organization. She was a gentle, kind woman, and very smart. She and Charlie seemed to have a wonderful, close marriage, and I liked both of them very much. I am happy to think of them reunited in the afterlife. Rest in peace and rejoice in being reunited Ann and Charlie.
Paula Sweeley
February 4, 2021
I had Ms. Spencer for "Speak Your Mind" (public speaking, debate, etc.) the fall of my senior year at Fairfield High; I loved the class, and she always was in my corner, even after high school. I remember her sending congratulations and newspaper clippings of when I was awarded the Young Turk Award by the Fairfield DTC (2008), and when I was elected to my first term on the Fairfield RTM (2011). My condolences to her family during this difficult time.

Jennifer Hochberg Toller
FHS Class of 1993
Jennifer Hochberg Toller
February 4, 2021
Mrs Spencer was my 7th grade English teacher who inspired me to become a poet and the love of poetry. We were required to memorize selected poems which to this day I still can recite aloud. She was strict but kind. As a result of her love of the educational world, I also became a teacher of elementary students in Fairfield where we began each day with a poem to read and copy in script. She is in my top 5 favorite teachers and the world will miss her dearly. So sorry for our loss.
Patricia (Conboy) Ondek
February 1, 2021
Ann was a lovely lady and will be miss
February 1, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Spadaccino Funeral Home
January 30, 2021
So sorry to hear about Ann. She and Charley were members of my "fan club." I always enjoyed seeing them at the Fairfield teachers' functions and was honored to play piano for some of their life cycle events. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.
Milton Jacoby
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