Ann Elizabeth Weidman, 92, died peacefully on May 2, 2022 in East Longmeadow, Mass., surrounded by her family.
Born March 16, 1930, in Easton, Pennsylvania to Mitchell S. and Margaret M. LaBar, she attended East Stroudsburg Public Schools and graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teachers’ College (now East Stroudsburg University) in 1952 with a high school diploma. English formation.
She married the late James Weidman III in 1953 and is survived by her daughter, Jan (Albert) Kingan of Holyoke, Mass.; and sons: James (Kelly) Weidman IV of Fairport, NY, and Matthew (Kimberly) Weidman of Guilford, Connecticut. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She spent much of her life in Mayville, NY where she resided for 47 years.
A writer by trade and temperament, Ann began her professional life teaching middle school in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She was also a volunteer member of the Hearing Center Association in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as vice president of education.
Later she became Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NY, where she was a faithful member for many years and served in various volunteer roles.
Ann then moved into local journalism, working as a reporter at Westfield Republican/Mayville Sentinel, Jamestown-Post Journal and Chautauquan Daily on several occasions. She has also worked in public relations with the Chautauqua County Vacationlands Association and the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce.
She ran her own public relations and advertising firm, AE Communications, and was a freelance writer. As a reporter at the Westfield Republican, one of her first assignments was to write obituaries, and she liked to joke that she was pretty good at it. She also wrote a weekly column titled “Ann-Otations”which was filled with humorous observations of life and stories of his family’s antics.
She was very active in her community, serving on the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Chautauqua Leadership Network, the Mayville Library Association and Board of Directors, and the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club. She has volunteered for Chautauqua (County) Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and the Gray Lady Program at Westfield Memorial Hospital.
Ann was one of the founding organizers of the annual Mayville-Chautauqua Ice Castle Festival, the Girl Scout Volunteer Alumni Association, the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Development Corp. and the Mayville Tuesday Club.
In 2011, Ann received the Community Service Award from the MayvilleChautauqua Chamber of Commerce. She also received a New York State Associated Press Award for her work as a journalist.
Ann was proudest of her longtime marriage, her family, her role in starting the Mayville Library Association’s annual book sale in 1972, her role as Maker’s Mark brand ambassador, and her cribbage skills. She will forever be remembered as a woman who never encountered a grammatical error that she didn’t feel obligated to correct.
No memorial service is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ann’s memory to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, 189 E. Main St., Westfield, NY 14787.