Published: Jan 22, 2012 12:05 AM
Modified: Jan 22, 2012 12:05 AM
Anne Marie Brack, 81, was born in Bergen, Norway, and passed peacefully on New Year's Day. For the past 9 years, she had lived at the Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC.
Born in Norway, she first visited the United States when she was a mere 8 weeks old. Her mother, Ingeborg, took ill with tuberculosis when Anne was four years old, which prompted a return to Norway to be with other family members. Sadly, Ingeborg would pass when Anne was just 8 years old. Anne continued to live with her father, Arild Brack, and her maternal grandmother. She attended New York University for 2 years when she left to start her career at Oxford University Press.
A 9 year resident of Glenaire, Anne was on so many committees (bridge club secretary, gift shop volunteer, Encompass activist) and welcomed many new residents into the community. Her long time hobbies included gardening, knitting (she knitted baby caps for the Rex Neo Natal unit), anything environmental, nature, and recycling oriented, and doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles in ink. One of her friends mentioned that Anne could play bridge with the "Big Dogs", a comment I'm sure she would be proud of! She was also capable of the dreaded multi-tasking, by calling Bingo, playing Bingo, and knitting without having to look at her stitches.
Prior to moving into Glenaire, she lived in MacGregor Downs since 1990, when she relocated here from New Jersey with Oxford University Press. Anne would work for Oxford University Press for for 45 years. While in Cary, she participated in the Docent program at the Museum of Natural Science, instructed for Alive 55, Senior Driving program, H&R Block tax preparation volunteer, Cary Citizen Police Academy, Women's Health Initiative, volunteer at the Cary Library system, and even assisted as a train hostess! While living in the Northeast, she hiked, rock climbed, and enjoyed snow skiing. When she moved to Cary, NC, she started traveling with the ElderHostel group, which included trips to the Galpagaos, US Virgin Islands, and the Grand Canyon, among other destinations. Any of her friends, new or old knew of her lifelong passion for photography and her love of Ansel Adams photos, in particular.
She is survived by her two children, Michael Zingone, San Diego, CA, and Carol Zingone, Jacksonville Beach, FL; her grandson, Shane Zingone, San Diego, CA; her niece, Robin Zingone, Chester, CT, and her nephew, Drew Zingone Santa Monica, CA;
A memorial service is planned for 1/27/12 at the Glenaire community with the time to be announced later. Her desire was to be cremated, and to have her ashes scattered over her favorite part of the Appalachian Trail in New York State.
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