Anne (Annie) Heller was born July 23, 1924 in New York City. She was raised during the Great Depression and met her best friend and husband of 77 years, Jerry, in 1941.They married on April 22, 1944 while he was in boot camp training for deployment as part of the D Day Invasion. While he served in the infantry in Europe, Annie worked in a factory in Long Island, manufacturing glider aircraft that were used for the war effort. After the war, she moved to Toms River, New Jersey, where she raised her family and worked side by side with her husband in Towne Fabrics, the family business. Her home was always open to friends who loved her cooking, her “cool factor” , and her knack for making them feel welcome. She never said no to a stray kitten, a lost puppy or a wayward friend. In her forties, Annie took up the game of tennis and played weekly, well into her eighties. She loved her family, playing tennis and traveling with her husband to beautiful beaches and mountains.
Annie was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Katherine Zwirko, her sister Mary (Mamie) and her beloved son Gregg.
Left behind to miss her and cherish her memories are her husband Jerry; four children, Laurie (DeeDee), Jill (David), Leslie (Anthony) and Paul (Barbara); six grandchildren, Jeseaca, Jeffrey, Michael, Daniel, Cole and Genevieve; and four great-grandchildren, Paetyn, Parker, Alex and Anastasia.
Per her wishes no formal services are planned. To honor her memory, take a walk, go bird watching, play tennis, make some meatballs or donate to The Nature Conservancy, ASPCA, American Civil Liberties Union or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rest in peace Mommy.
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