Anne Stack
Levy Funeral Directors
4539 Bissonnet
Bellaire, TX
HOUSTON, Texas — Anne Thorner Stack, born Jan. 30, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y., died peacefully in Houston, Texas on May 24, 2012, of congestive heart failure.

Anne had recently celebrated Mother's Day with her family and passed away at peace and with dignity.

Anne served as valedictorian of the Biddeford Maine High School class of 1933 and worked for the next ten years in the offices of manufacturer Saco-Lowell. Then she took over her father's shoe findings business, driving her truck to rural customers and dressing up to make calls on suppliers in Boston. During the war the Jewish USO in Portland held mixers where Anne met Lt. Isadore Stackowitz from Lewiston. She later ran into the Lieutenant in Boston's North Station, returning from her annual trip to hear the New York Metropolitan Opera. They married in 1944.

After the war the couple moved to a promising N.H. town, Dover. Their first enterprise was a small discount Carroll-Cut-Rate cosmetics store. Daughter Barbara was born in 1947 and Ellen, in 1950.

During the 1950s Anne served as the President and the Treasurer of Dover's Temple Israel Sisterhood and later worked alongside her husband "Stack" in their shoe store on Central Avenue. Stack died suddenly in 1970.

In the next decade Anne managed the office of Mort and Grace Simon's Morton's clothing store, and participated in its computerization. She went on to work in the Law Offices of Robert Fisher.

During these later years in Dover Anne enjoyed trips to Greece and Germany, as well as to Florida, Texas and California to visit family.

In April 2002 Anne moved to Houston to live near Ellen and Len Sobel and their daughters. During this period she enjoyed new friendships, played mah jongg, and enjoyed watching her family grow up.

She leaves her daughter, Barbara Stack of Berkeley, Calif.; her daughter, Ellen Stack and son-in-law Leonard Sobel of Houston, Texas; granddaughters, Rose Sobel and Dorian Sobel also of Houston; and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She will be buried in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at noon, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, 131-299 Hicks Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Temple Israel, Dover, or to the donor's choice. Remembrances may be posted to her Facebook page, Anne Thorner Stack. Photos from her life are also posted at

Arrangements by The Jewish Funeral Home, Portland, Maine

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Published by Foster's Daily Democrat from May 30 to May 31, 2012.
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I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Linda Rioux
May 30, 2012
Anne's family: I have always remembered Anne as a wonderful and caring true lady who deeply loved her family. I worked with her for many years and can still hear her laugh. Anne introduced us girls at the office to bagels, way before they became mainstream as they are now. What a treat it was for her to bring in goodies that she made. It was a sincere pleasure to have known your mother. Ann Syphers, FL
Ann Syphers
May 30, 2012
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