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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ann Lee Welsh Palmer, 67, formerly of Eldred, PA

Ann L. Palmer, 
loving mother, nana, daughter, sister and friend

LANCASTER, Pa. — Ann Lee Welsh Palmer, 67, formerly of Eldred, PA, received her angel wings on Monday (July 31, 2017).

Born Feb. 13, 1950, in Port Allegany, Pa., she was the daughter of William Welsh and the late Helen Peterson
She was a 1968 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and in 1972 received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education and library science from Lock Haven State College. She received a master’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University in 1977 and later received her certification in English as a second language.

After college, she taught elementary education in Smethport, Erie, and Kansas City, Kan., until her children were born. Ann then spent the next 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, before returning back to teaching at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Lancaster. 

She moved back to Eldred in 2014 and taught first grade at Otto-Eldred Elementary School for 12 years. Ann retired in 2016 to take care of her “little pumpkin,” her grandson Alex.
She was dedicated to her teaching career and loved her students. Ann received the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America Award in 1974 and was recognized as Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals in 2005 and 2006.

Ann was a devoted Catholic and her faith meant everything to her. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lancaster, and attended the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean when she visited Eldred. Ann was blessed to have shaken the hand of Saint Pope John Paul II when she was in Rome.

She loved traveling, being outdoors, enjoying nature, spending time with Chris’ dog Toby, flower gardening, coloring and art, and was never afraid of new adventures. Ann’s life was entirely devoted to her children, grandson, family and her friends. She always put everyone before herself. Ann was an angelic woman full of pure love and joy.

Surviving, in addition to her father of Eldred, are her children, Christopher George Palmer of Natrona Heights, and Lori (Jeremy) Arbutiski of Sarver; her grandson, Alexander Arbutiski; a brother, William (Ann) Welsh of Rixford; a sister, Sue Welsh of Olean; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1996; and a half-brother, Paul Peterson.

At the request of the family, a private Mass will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean with the Rev. David Tourville as the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, where her grandson, Alex, receives therapy. 

Memorials may be sent to 1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217, “In memory of Ann Palmer for Alexander Arbutiski.”

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