Obituaries

Ann Rich

November 5th, 2019

Ann Blanche Wertheimer Rich, 84, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, MA.

Ann was born in Chicago to Bert & Blanche Wertheimer on March 20, 1935. She graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology 1957. Ann worked as a biologist, schoolteacher, and IT professional in the early years of computers.

Ann married Don Rich on June 10, 1967 in Boston; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1969 where they raised their two boys. Ann was very active in the community; she was actively involved in church groups at the Wilmington Congregational Church, she was a Scout Leader with the Cub Scouts and active in the Boy Scouts of America. Ann, along with her husband Don were very involved in the Wilmington Kiwanis Club throughout the years; they volunteered at many local charities with the Kiwanis and were involved in the yearly “Fun on the Fourth” activities with Kiwanis. Ann served as the President of the Wilmington and later as the Lt. Governor of The New England Kiwanis Clubs. Ann continued to give of her time and talents with the NEHSA program at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire where she helped those with physical handicaps learn to ski. Ann was also very encouraging with others TOPS and TWIGS programs.

Ann will be fondly remembered for her love and devotion to her family and friends; she treasured the great times they spent together. Ann was always giving towards others and she will forever be missed.

Ann is preceded in death by both her parents, who passed away when she was a very young girl. She was raised by her grandmother and aunt Marie Leffler Sohrauer and Jennette Wertheimer who were very special to her.

Ann is survived by her husband Don Rich, their sons, David and his wife Ginny Rich (Naples, FL), Paul and his wife Jennifer Rich (Tewksbury, MA), sister Lois Balk, and grandchildren Devin Rich, Ashley Rich, Jessica Rich, and Cyrus Rich.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, November 11th from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. Ann’s Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, with the Pastor Emanuel Oglice officiating. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, Attn: Aashka Shah, 800 Washington St. #344, Boston, MA 02111.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “Ann Rich”

  1. Rhonda & Roger says:

    To the Rich family,
    So very sorry for your loss , prayers and thoughts for all of you at this difficult time. With sympathy.

  2. Frank West says:

    Our family is saddened by Ann’s passing. Her suffering is over and she is at rest looking down on us. God bless her and the Rich family at this time and always.

  3. Heidi Kumm says:

    To the Rich family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be missed. May the Lord comfort you during this time.

  4. Paul and Priscille St Louis says:

    Just to let you know, we are thinking of all of you, and offer you our deepest sympathies, for your loss. May she R.I.P.

  5. Leasa and Marc Fluet says:

    So saddened by this news, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have lots of fond childhood memories that come to mind when I think of Ann and the Rich family. Keep your memories of Ann close to you during this difficult time.

  6. Gayle & Chaeli Goodwin says:

    Our Prayers are with your family during this difficult time since so close to Holidays – when Family is so important.
    Let us know if there is anything we can do for you to help make this time more bearable.

  7. Jerry and Carol Skilling says:

    Ann was always in the middle of busy work at the church. She was such a busy person, smiling all the time. I just can’t imagine her not being there. I remember when her boys were tiny, We have known her for so long. I wonder how busy she is now, in the place which God made for her? Our cares and our sympathy is with you, Don, and all your family.

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