Anne Marie (Leahy) Daly, 73, wife of William F. Daly, passed away at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown on November 19, 2011.
Born in Brockton, MA, on May 28, 1938, and raised in Rockland, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Leahy. Together with family she enjoyed trips to the nearby South Shore beaches and weekend visits into South Boston to visit her grandparents and picnic on Boston Common. At a very early age, Anne found inspiration in literature and creative writing, working as a librarian after school at the Rockland Memorial Library from the age of 12. She graduated from Rockland High School in 1956 as the editor-in-chief of both the newspaper and yearbook, sparking her life-long passion for reading and education, returning later to earn a college degree in 1980 from MONTCO and attended Kutztown University.
Anne married William in 1963 and relocated to Pennsylvania where they settled in Sanatoga. Their family quickly grew with young sons William and Peter, and daughter, Patricia, where each received her gifts of language and creativity that enabled them to aspire, to ignite creatively and to achieve.
In recent years, Anne volunteered at the Montgomery County Literacy Network as a tutor in the adult literacy program and felt special connections each student, helping them to reach each milestone and to inspire them. She volunteered at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center for over 20 years and also contributed to the hospital’s Senior Circle newsletter literary review. She was active in the St. Aloysius Women’s Group and enjoyed its Book Club, group trips and time with friends.
Along with her husband, Anne is survived by her son William Daly Jr., Wilmington, DE, daughter Patricia (Daly) Simmers, Yardley, PA, grandchildren Liam, Lucy and Thomas Simmers, her siblings Carol (Leahy) Palermo, Hanson, MA, Patricia (Leahy) Opper, Hull, MA, Dorothy (Leahy) Turner, East Falmouth, MA, and Joseph Leahy, Marshfield, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her son Peter.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 10:00AM at ST. Aloysius RC Church, 223 Beech Street, Pottstown with Fr. Joseph L. Maloney officiating. Burial will follow in ST. Aloysius New Cemetery, Pottstown. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 9:00AM to 9:45AM at the church welcome center.