Ann Hunt Coler, 85, of Port Ewen, NY, and previously Stone Ridge, NY, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in Sharon, CT. Born on December 25, 1933, in Dordon, England, she was the daughter of the late Elsie (Hunt) Johnson and the late John W. Hunt. She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, William S. Coler, Jr., who passed away on January 31, 1996.
Ann sailed on the Ascania to Quebec in the fall of 1949, becoming a US citizen on October 14, 1955. She was a graduate of Ravena - Coeymans High School, Ravena, NY, Class of 1950. After dedicating years to raising a family and volunteering in many community positions, including PTA President, president of the Rondout Valley Board of Education, 4-H leader, election board volunteer, and church choir member, Ann returned to school. Graduating from Ulster County Community College in 1979, she worked as a registered nurse at Benedictine Hospital, Kingston, NY, until her retirement in 1994. Ann was a recent member and trustee of the Kingston Power Boat Association.
Ann is survived by her faithful partner of 22 years, Diego Abreu Kahr of Port Ewen, NY; her daughter Linda Ann Previll and husband Joseph N. Previll of Stone Ridge, NY; her daughter Debra Coler Breger of Denver, CO, and late husband, Paul L. Breger; her daughter, Patricia Lee Wengler and husband Thomas V. Wengler of Middlebury, CT; five grandchildren, Sasha Coler Breger Bush and husband William A. Bush of Denver, CO, Cara Previll Niazi of Meriden, CT, Mathew J. Previll of Kingston, NY, Kaitlyn Ann Wengler of Lexington Park, MD, Kyle T. Wengler of Cambridge, MA; and her great grandchild, William Breger Bush of Denver, CO. In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Beryl Carter of Rensselaer, NY, and Verna Wiggins of England.
Arrangements are entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401, where family and friends may visit on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 2pm to 4pm with a time for remembrances starting at 4pm, during which those in attendance will have an opportunity to share if they wish. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Dutchess/ Ulster/Putnam Regional Office, 2649 South Road, Suite 101, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. https://www.alz.org/hudsonvalley. A tribute for Ann may be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where memories and expressions of sympathy can be shared.
I worked with Anne at Benedictine Hospital on 3SMC a long time ago. She was one of the most kind and gentle nurse I remember. Gentle and friendly, Anne was very concienscious and encouraging to new nurses.....I will remember her quick spirit and kindness.....May she rest in peace. Maria Hankewycz
Ann Coler was a special person in my life. She was my mentor when I began working at Benedictine Hospital 3SMC not long after my graduation from UCCC School of Nursing. We shared a bond as we both became nurses after raising our children. I learned more from Ann in a few weeks than all my time at school. Not only smart but loving and compassionate, she treated all her patients with respect. I owe my nursing organizational skills to Ann. She will always have a place in my heart. Sending condolences to all who loved Ann. May her spirit journey be filled with love and light 💫
"There will always be an England". Ann sang that for us many times. Ann was so outgoing and loving. Her vitality was contagious! She is missed. With affection, Curt and Jennie Fleck
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