Ann McManus

Died: April 17, 2020
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Ann Marie McManus, formerly of Buzzards Bay, MA, died peacefully at her Venice, FL home on Friday, April 17, 2020. She was born on November 25, 1939 in Boston, MA.  After her graduation from St. Mary’s High School in Waltham, MA, Ann Marie entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, choosing the name Sr. Helen Richard. She would discover her love for teaching mathematics, and went on to receive degrees from Emmanuel College and the University of Notre Dame.
After a fulfilling teaching career, including her many years at Bishop Stang High School, Ann Marie left the convent, continued her career in education with Houghton Mifflin Publishing, and later in educational consulting. A communicant at both St. Margaret’s Church in Buzzards Bay, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Venice, Ann Marie found great enjoyment by singing in the choir, where she celebrated her love of God and music; her faith remained the central tenet throughout her life.
Ann Marie lived life to the fullest through her enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures: family and friends, spending time at the beach, travel, her books, community involvement, museums, her precious cats, and her lifelong passion for the pursuit of knowledge in all forms. She inspired former students and colleagues, many of whom have shared the lifelong effect Ann Marie had on them. She spread joy to all she encountered with her bright smile, contagious laugh, and sincere presence. With colorful energy, a spontaneous sense of humor, and her love of life, Ann Marie will be remembered by her family and those closest to her.
Ann Marie was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, John, to whom she was married for 13 years. She is survived by her brother Richard Fitzgerald(wife Ginny), her sisters, Irene Gerety(husband Donald Sr.) and Elaine Fitzgerald(husband Gerry), and her nieces and nephews, Susan Terino, Christine Gerety, Donald Gerety Jr., Michael Fitzgerald, Steven Gerety, Debra Vendzules, and Elaine Warner, along with their loving families.  Ann Marie is also survived by many dear friends, colleagues, former students, her parish communities, and neighbors; all were touched by her joyous and generous spirit.

Ann Marie will be interred at Our Lady of Lourdes Garden of the Resurrection in Venice, FL.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Go with the Angels, Ann!
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Brightened by a song in your heart,
And warmed by the smile of the people you love.

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Elizabeth Chase, Barbara McCusker, & Mary McCourt posted on 5/6/20

To Dick, Irene and Elaine: We send our love to all of you on the loss of Ann. She was very special and we have a wonderful memory when she was able to attend Bob's wedding in Connecticut in 1975. We enjoyed partying most of that night. I also had a wonderful day with her when she came to my home in Weymouth and then we went to have lunch with Bob in Marshfield. Donation to Dana Farber will be sent to Brookline Ave. Stay safe at this time and know our prayers are with you.

 

Shelley Tchorz Molnar posted on 4/24/20

I was so fortunate to have Sr Helen Richard as my Advanced Math teacher and for home room in 1967, my senior year. She was an incredible teacher, not only because of her ability to make advanced math fun, but also because her love for her students was so obvious. IShe and I met for lunch a few years ago, and the years just melted away. I’m so glad I was able to reconnect with her when she was still healthy. We had hoped that she would be able to attend our 50th class reunion in 2017, but she was not well enough at the time. I will never forget this amazing woman, who touched the hearts of so many students.

 

Rick Carreiro posted on 4/24/20

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Donna Magee posted on 4/24/20

Thank you to a wonderful math teacher for believing in me. Wish I had had you for math for all four years at Stang!

 

Ed Lafleur posted on 4/24/20

Ann McManus a truly good person. I knew and worked with Ann in the Bourne Pubic Schools. She was a true teacher and advocate for children. My wife and I cherished her friendship, her laughter and smile. My sympathy to her family.

 

Steve Coffey, osb.cam posted on 4/24/20

My deepest sympathy to all the Fitzgerald family. Ann was a lifelong educator who in my teenage years inspired me in the same direction. When I hear people say things like "Where did you learn to teach," I think to myself, "I learned it from Ann Marie!" even though I never taught trigonometry! I will remember all in prayer that Ann Marie will obtain rich blessings for her family and friends as she enjoys the eternal embrace of divine love.

 

John Brennan posted on 4/24/20

Dear Sweet Anne, You were and always will be one of my most favorite choristers! I had the privilege of singing with you, and later directing you at Saint Margarets in Buzzards Bay. You kept me strong during a very tumultuous transition from the prior director to me, offering me a constant and important source of strength and support. I literally could not have done it without you! I was sad when you gave it up, but I understood. I looked forward to seeing you, always with a hug and a kiss on the cheek and a wink. You said more with that wink than most people say in a speech! Please know, dear heart, that you were more of an inspiration to me than I ever let you know. Heaven must’ve needed a lady that could easily hit those low notes! Sing sweet dear angel. Until we meet again, which I have every faith we will, I remain your friend and a huge fan! God bless all who loved you and still do! John Brennan, Music Director St. John The Evangelist Parish, Pocasset Massachusetts (formerly of Saint Margarets Church, Buzzards Bay)

 

Cheryl Cartin posted on 4/24/20

To the family and friends of Ann Marie, our sincere condolences. Through my 44-year friendship with Ann’s sister, Elaine, I learned what a pillar of love, humor, and faith Ann was. The bond between these four siblings will be everlasting. The angels are with you now, Ann. If we quietly listen, I am certain we will hear all of their voices join yours in joy and love. And to the expansive, loving, Irish Fitzgerald family, we send our love and prayers. Cheryl Cartin, Mark Morose and Family

 

Laurianne Alston posted on 4/24/20

Sr Helen Richard , as I knew her, was my senior year math teacher. She had a refreshing, engaging , infectious smile that radiated to all who came in contact with her. I will always remember her fondly as one of my favorite teachers. May she Rest In Peace in heaven, her eternal home filled with only love, peace , joy & beauty!!! I hope to reunite with her one day. Laurianne (Lafleur) Alston ‘68

 

Arlene M Todd posted on 4/24/20

Ann Marie will be missed but remembered fondly, so memories of 60 years.!

 

Bob Martin posted on 4/24/20

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. Ann will live on in the kindness she has shared with all of us and the true love she brought into our lives. Now with God her joy is now eternally sealed so we can now know she is no longer suffering so lift up our smiles for she is already in His paradise. Our deepest condolences to all the Fitzgerald family.

 

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