Anne “Annie” Auerbach

Anne “Annie” Auerbach (née Klein), 98, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2016 at Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut. Anne was the oldest of three children born to Abraham and Rose Klein, Jewish immigrants who left Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th Century to pursue the American dream. Born on August 25, 1917 in New Haven, Connecticut while her father worked in a munitions factory during World War I, Anne was raised in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, New York and graduated from Richmond Hill High School. She came of age during the Great Depression and married William Auerbach in 1939. They were one of the first Jewish families to settle in Madison, Connecticut where they built their farm and brought up three children. In 1957 Anne moved the family to Tucson, Arizona, then briefly returned to Connecticut before spending her golden years together with William in Deerfield Beach, Florida from 1974 until his death in 1990. Anne continued to be an active member of the South Florida community until the age of 94 when her family finally managed to convince her to move closer to them. As the matriarch of the Auerbachs, Anne espoused a deep love for family. She enjoyed life to its fullest through her tenacity, generosity, wit, and spontaneous spirit. Besides working as secretary, bookkeeper, farmer, and homemaker, she was also an accomplished classical pianist in her own right. During her retirement she served as president and treasurer of her local B’nai Brith chapter and actively volunteered at Florida Atlantic University. Anne traversed five continents during her lifetime and was a fine art and antique enthusiast, developing a fondness for Haitian art and Indian handcrafted jewelry. Anne loved to go shopping until the last months of her life, but her greatest satisfaction was always to shower gifts on her loved ones. Anne is survived by her three children Leslie (Nirmala) Auerbach, Brenda Auerbach, and Paul (Dana) Auerbach; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sister Lillian Rosenthal, and brother Martin Klein. In order to do justice to her memory, we acknowledge many loved ones to whom Anne was mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 17 at noon at the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaverbrook Cemetery on Rte. 145 in Clinton, Connecticut. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Anne Auerbach to the Jewish Coalition Against Battered Women at https://jcada.org/www/donate, which will contribute towards free clinical services for victims of domestic and dating abuse. Donations may also be made to Congregation Kol Haverim, Adult Education Fund, 1079 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT 06033.

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1 Comment

  1. Anne Teal said,

    03.17.16 at 4:12 am

    Annie was someone who embraced everyone she met. I’m blessed to have known her. Sincerest sympathies to all the family. <3