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Ann E. Tschirch
SWANSEA, Mass. - Ann E. Tschirch,

age 82, of Swansea, MA, died on Friday, July 2, 2010 after a brief illness.
During her childhood in New York City, she saw the airship Hindenburg fly overhead and marveled that people could fly. Her Family returned to their native RI in the mid-1930s. She and her brother, the late John W. Reynolds III, miraculously survived the 1938 Hurricane when the tidal surge destroyed their waterfront house in Portsmouth, RI. Their story is told in the book A Wind to Shake the World by Edward Everett Allen.
A trained nurse, Ann met Robert Tschirch while caring for his mother, who referred to her as an angel. Robert asked Ann if she ever had dated a Yale man. She was unimpressed with Yale. They were happily married for 46 years and had four children: Poldi, Ellen, Mark and John. Together they restored a Shingle Style house, where they gardened and gave notable cocktail parties.
Ann was Chairman of the Nursing Program at Salve Regina and then Department Chair of the School of Nursing, later Chairman Emeritus, at UMASS Dartmouth. An advocate of community health and public education, Ann was a Headstart volunteer in the first year it was inaugurated by President Lyndon Johnson. A fine cook, gardener, bird lover and skilled needlework artist, she was known for her quick wit, humor and sense of fashion.
Her four children Poldi Tschirch of Houston, TX, Ellen Russell of Swansea, MA, Mark Tschirch of Rehoboth, MA and John Tschirch of Bristol, RI, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, several nieces and nephews and many friends survive Ann. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 9 a.m. from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea, MA followed by her Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea, MA. Burial will be in Colebrook Cemetery, Rehoboth, MA.
Visiting hours will be held today, July 6, 2010 from 5-8 p.m.
Memorial contributions, in her honor, may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 502 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA 02720.
For online registration and facility directions visit: www.waring-sullivan

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