Anne Frank Chittenden, 85, of Bristol, Rhode Island, passed away on April 8, 2023, after a four-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Curt Chittenden of Bristol, where they have resided for the past 7 years. Prior to that they lived in Hagaman, NY for 25 years. She was the second of four daughters born to George Dewey Frank and Louise Oakleaf Frank of Davenport, IA. In addition to her husband Curt of 63 years, she is survived by daughter Beth Flynn and her husband Jim of Bristol, RI and their children Frances(Garrett) and daughter Winnie, Matt, and Ted; son Peter Chittenden and his wife Karen of Grand Rapids, MI and their children Edie, Drake, Dean, Luke; and son Todd Chittenden and his wife Wendy of Clinton, CT and their children Jonathan (Christina) and children Leah and Lane, and David (Megan). She is also survived by her three sisters Nancy von Maur and her husband Charles of Pleasant Valley, IA; Jane Lockaby and her husband Jess of Mathews, VA; and Kitty Evans of Mocksville, NC.
Anne was active with the American Cancer Society and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1993-1994. She also researched family genealogy for her family and ancestors, including the history of her Oakleaf family who emigrated from Sweden in the mid-1800’s.
Handicrafts were a big part of her life, and she was no stranger to new endeavors, including a home business selling handmade aprons and handbags to catalog companies such as Talbots and Lilly Pulitzer, hand-made Shaker boxes, scrapbooking, and many other handicrafts. Her needle point designs were juried for inclusion at the annual Guilford Hand Craft Fair in Guilford, CT.
A private memorial service will be held this summer at her request with extended family and friends at her family’s summer residence in Madison, CT. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, extensive organizational skills and planning abilities, including her plans for the afore-mentioned service. She left the family specific instruction regarding “Bereavement Etiquette” and threatened that if we, her family, embarrass her by showing lack of etiquette or concern for others, she will come back to haunt us for the rest of our lives.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent on her behalf to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are with the George C. Lima Funeral Home.
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