HORNELL-Annamarie Lowry, 67, of 36 Cameron Ave., Hornell, died late Monday evening (December 31, 2018) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Presbyterian Hospital), surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Newburgh, NY on November 26, 1951, she was the daughter of Paul & Mary (Breitenbach) Taeschner.
Annamarie grew up in Newburgh and was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy High School. She later graduated from SUNY Geneseo where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She had also earned more than 30 credits towards her Master’s Degree. She was married in 1977 to Dean Lowry and together they resided in Punxsutawney and DuBois, PA for several years where she officially began her teaching career.
Following the untimely death of her husband in an automobile accident in 1985, Annamarie moved back to the Hornell area. For more than 25 years, she served as a 2nd grade teacher at Arkport Central School. After 33 years of service, she retired in 2011. She loved her students and her “Arkport family.” Teaching was not just a job to her, it was a passion.
Her love of children and learning didn’t stop at work. Annamarie was a Campfire Leader for many years, where she fostered a love of learning and community service for the troop of which her daughter, Michele, was a part. She loved working on jigsaw, crossword, and other puzzles and was an avid reader who enjoyed reading novels and historical fiction. She also loved attending Theatre Productions in New York City and Rochester, NY.
Annamarie loved to travel and go on adventures with her daughter, her family, and her friends. She and Michele enjoyed exploring and learning about the history of all of the places that they went. However, she especially enjoyed taking sunny vacations to such places as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, and Florida. Annamarie had been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.
In addition to her husband, Dean Lowry, Annamarie was also preceded in death by her parents, Paul & Mary Taeschner.
Surviving are her beloved daughter and best friend, Michele Lowry of Hornell; 3 brothers, Paul (Jeanne) Taeschner of Canandaigua, NY, Michael (Carolyn) Taeschner of Watauga, TX and Daniel (Mary) Taeschner of Newburgh, NY; several nieces & nephews.
In the last month of her life, in addition to spending every minute with her daughter, Michele, she especially enjoyed spending time with her nephew, Adam (Natasha) Taeschner, and receiving daily pictures of his daughter, Charlotte, who brought her such joy. She also enjoyed spending time with her brothers, her cousins, Jane, Cathy, Cara, and Jenna, and her best friend Shelley (Glenn) Thomas and her daughter Megan. She will be missed by many more cousins, family, and friends.
The family of Annamarie Lowry will receive friends on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church.
Annamarie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell Public Library in order to honor her love of reading and life-long learning. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
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