Ann Lee (Welsh) Palmer

Born: Mon., Feb. 13, 1950
Died: Mon., Jul. 31, 2017

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Ann L. Palmer, loving mother, nana, daughter, sister and friend (pic)

LANCASTER, Pa. — Ann Lee Welsh Palmer, 67, formerly of Eldred, received her angel wings on Monday (July 31, 2017).
Born Feb. 13, 1950, in Port Allegany, Pa., she was the daughter of William Welsh and the late Helen Peterson.
She was a 1968 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and in 1972 received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and library science from Lock Haven State College. She received a master’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University in 1977 and later received her certification in English as a second language.
After college, she taught elementary education in Smethport, Erie, and Kansas City, Kan., until her children were born. Ann then spent the next 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, before returning back to teaching at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Lancaster. She moved back to Eldred in 2004 and taught first grade at Otto-Eldred Elementary School for 12 years. Ann retired in 2016 to take care of her “little pumpkin,” her grandson Alex.
She was dedicated to her teaching career and loved her students. Ann received the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America Award in 1974 and was recognized as Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals in 2005 and 2006.
Ann was a devoted Catholic and her faith meant everything to her. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lancaster, and attended the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean when she visited Eldred. Ann was blessed to have shaken the hand of Saint Pope John Paul II when she was in Rome.
She loved traveling, being outdoors, enjoying nature, spending time with Chris’ dog Toby, flower gardening, coloring and art, and was never afraid of new adventures. Ann’s life was entirely devoted to her children, grandson, family and her friends. She always put everyone before herself. Ann was an angelic woman full of pure love and joy.
Surviving, in addition to her father of Eldred, are her children, Christopher George Palmer of Natrona Heights, and Lori (Jeremy) Arbutiski of Sarver; her grandson, Alexander Arbutiski; a brother, William (Ann) Welsh of Rixford; a sister, Sue Welsh of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother in 1996; and a half-brother, Paul Peterson.
At the request of the family, a private Mass will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean with the Rev. David Tourville as the celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, where her grandson, Alex, receives therapy. Memorials may be sent to 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217, “In memory of Ann Palmer for Alexander Arbutiski.”
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Debbie Bird
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Rest in Peace, Ann---comfort to your family

Cathy Trask
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Ann. She was always kind and friendly to everyone. She will be missed!

Lisa Shay
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Lori, My deepest condolences to you and your whole family, sending thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Lisa Housler Kayes
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Dear Bill, Sue, Bill&Ann, and families,
I'm so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. As a child, I saw her at family dinners and reunions and was always in awe of her beauty. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Allison (Palmer) Ayers
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Lori and Chris. My thoughts are with you.

Linda (Howell) Milliron
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
I was so sorry to read of Ann's passing. We are cousins, and we're friends as youngsters. Please accept our (Max's and my) sincerest condolences. Ann was a sweet friend and cousin. God's blessings for her family as they mourn her loss.

Cindy Fetscher
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Lori and family,
Condolences in the passing of your Mother.
If you need anything, please ask.

Cheryl Brown
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Ann was a sweet, kind woman, a friend to many. She will be missed greatly.

Eugene and Norma Allegretto
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
Sorry to hear about your mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Chris. We have many nice memories over the years. So hold on to all your memories.

Lynn Bennett Shick
   Posted Sun August 13, 2017
I am sorry to hear about Ann. She was one of my childhood neighbors. Always a kind and sweet gal. Thoughts and Prayers to her family.

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