Anne L. Springer, 101, a woman of deep faith, was called home on Sept. 17. Anne, a resident of Jefferson, where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past 15 years, enjoyed a fulfilling and well lived life. She was the oldest of 10 children and took over a mothering role for her siblings when their mother died at the age of 50. She was deeply loved by all her brothers and sisters.
Anne attended Punchard High School in Andover, Mass. and graduated in the Class of 1935. She married Leslie G. Springer in 1940 and they made their home in Leslie’s hometown of Plympton, Mass. Shortly after their marriage, Leslie was called to serve in the Army overseas during WWII. Upon his return, they started their family of five children and in 1959 established a general store in Plympton that included the best tasting homemade ice cream on the Massachusetts South Shore, aptly called Anne’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Leslie and Anne retired to their farm in Jefferson in 1976 where they spent countless hours renovating the homestead and grooming the fields for their large gardens. They also built a winter home in Vero Beach, Fla. that provided many happy years gathering with friends and family. Both Leslie and Anne were hard workers and always had projects to tackle. Anne expressed her creativity in many ways. She took up oil painting in her 50s and continued to paint until her death. She enjoyed acrylic and water color painting also, gifting many of her paintings to her family and friends. She also enjoyed creative cooking and rug hooking and was an avid reader.
Anne remained active in the St. Denis Seniors Group, enjoying the many friendships formed with her faith community. Anne’s steadfast faith was the ballast that supported her throughout her life. A lifelong dream became a reality when she visited Rome in 2004 at the age of 88 and also traveled to the Grand Canyon, Ore. and many visits to Florida. She lived her life with grace, acceptance and generosity.
Anne is predeceased by her husband, Leslie; and son, William.
Her loving family includes her sons, David and wife Gale of Clermont, Fla., Richard and wife Maureen of Plympton, Mass., and Earl T. and wife Lois of W. Barnstable, Mass.; daughter, Marian and husband Bill of Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Ana of Vero Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 29 at the St. Denis Catholic Church, 298 Grand Army Rd., Whitefield, followed by a reception at the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne’s name to St. Michael’s Parish, Re: St. Denis Church, 24 Washington St., Augusta, ME 04330; Transfiguration Hermitage, 205 Windsor Neck Rd., Windsor, ME 04363; or Maine General Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04363.
Condolences may be shared at hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.