Ann Abbott Kimball Andresen
Ann Abbott Kimball Andresen, 100, formerly of New Canaan died peacefully December 3, 2020 at Bishop Spencer Place in Kansas City, MO. She was born March 13, 1920 in New York, NY the daughter of Abbott Kimball and Marion Graham Kimball. She graduated from Bronxville High School in Bronxville, NY, then attended Hollins College in Roanoke, VA for two years before transferring to DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. Ann majored in French, hoping to spend a semester in Paris at the Sorbonne, but was prevented with the onset of WWII. She was a proud member of the Kappa Alpha "Theta" sorority. Ann met her husband, Malcolm Andresen, in 1940 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while taking summer classes as he completed Law School. Malcom enlisted in the Marines before the couple married in October 1942. He was stationed at the Marine Corps military base at Cherry Point, NC before being sent to San Diego prior to being deployed to the South Pacific to take part in the invasion of Okinawa. Ann drove with other Cherry Point wives across the United States to join their husbands. There were no interstates in 1944. The couple lived in New York City after the war, then moved to Madison, NJ before settling in New Canaan, CT. Ann lived in New Canaan, a town she loved, for 55 years. She and her husband of 26 years raised their three children there before their marriage ended in divorce. Ann enjoyed the company of many friends through a wide range of interests. She was active in the Junior League in Morristown, NJ and later Stamford, CT. She greatly enjoyed her membership at the New Canaan Country Club and played in the Lady's Nine Hole Golf League for many years. In 1968 she began a career in real-estate at Coldwell Banker, and worked until she was 75. Ann was also known as an accomplished bridge player, playing several times a week until she was 98 years old. She and her friends played for 1/10 of one cent per point. Ann saved her winnings in a special coin purse and treated herself to something special whenever the purse was full, at one point purchasing her first two shares of Apple stock! Ann loved her family, her children especially, and made sure they always knew it. She was independent and competent in everything she did. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and throughout the US, sometimes with family or friends, but also on her own. In her mid-eighties, when her son, Abbott, became seriously ill, Ann spent a year in San Diego taking care of him. She learned how to use a cash machine and cell phone, and fearlessly navigated California highways. Not surprisingly she was the designated driver for her friends in New Canaan until moving to Kansas City in 2012. Ann moved to Bishop Spencer Place to be closer to her son Tony, his wife Terre and her Andresen grandchildren. From the moment she arrived at age 92, and even at 100 last March, Ann had a zest for living and predicted that she could "easily live 10 more years." Had it not been for Covid-19 that might have been the case. Till the end she started each day dressed for company and always looked forward to a glass of wine in the late afternoon with the ladies.
She was preceded in death by her parents and youngest son, Abbott. She is survived by her "sista" Joan Kimball Matthews, age 97, of San Francisco, son Tony Andresen (Terre) of Mission Hills, KS, daughter Susan Bridges (Frank) of Brewster, MA, grandchildren Kate Bridges (Jimmy Tantarella), Bill Bridges (Karene), Katherine Andresen, Spencer Andresen, Peter Andresen, great-grandchildren Alice Tantarella and Isabelle Bridges. Ann was devoted to her nieces and nephews Willy Matthews of Denver, Kim Matthews Wheaton of Ridgefield, WA, Cary Mathews Nowell of San Francisco, and Peter Mathews of New York. The family extends our sincerest gratitude to all the wonderful people at Bishop Spencer Place for their compassionate care and kindness to Ann, especially during her final days. Her ashes will be interned at Christ Episcopal Church in Bronxville, NY with her father and son.
Published in New Canaan Advertiser on Jan. 4, 2021.