Ann S. Tracey of Wilton, formerly of Westport and Norwalk, died Nov. 9. She was 85.
Ann Tracey: developed love of water. Contributed photo
She was born in New York, New York on Jan. 13, 1932 to the late Carl and Margot Schenk, and moved to Westport, graduating from Staples High School in 1950.
She grew up spending summers at Longshore where she first developed her love for the water. She met Edward J. Tracey of Norwalk when they were 16, dating until they married on Sept. 7, 1957.
They just recently had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Ann and Ed enjoyed spending their days on their various boats as longtime members of Shore and Country Club.
Ann was the first woman to be named commodore of the Shore and Country Club Marina. When not on a boat, Ann delighted in golfing, playing bridge, and competing with her grandchildren in a mean game of Rummikub.
She loved spending time on Block Island where she shared a summer home for over 20 years.
She served on the Norwalk Hospital board of directors, was vice president then president of the Norwalk Hospital Women’s Board, and served as chairman of the Treasure House, a thrift shop operated by the Women’s Board to benefit Norwalk Hospital.
She was also was an active member of the New Canaan Suburbanites Club, holding various positions on their board throughout the years.
Ann was happiest spending time with her friends and family. She played a very active role in her grandchildren’s lives, frequently sitting on the sidelines at various sports games or in the audience of dance and music performances.
In addition to her husband Dr. Edward Tracey, she is survived by her daughter, Sharon Brameier, and son-in-law, Jeff, of Wilton; her son, Scott Tracey, of Norwalk; her five grandchildren, Devon, Ryan and Jenna Brameier of Wilton and Madeleine and Edward John Tracey II of Newington; her brother, Carl (Kick) Schenk of Naples, Florida, and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. She will be deeply missed by friends, family, and all who knew her.
Her family will receive friends on Friday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. prayer service, at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk. Burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital.