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Anne Marie Gaffney

April 24, 1955 — October 24, 2023

Conifer, Colorado

Anne Marie (Roehl) Gaffney born April 24, 1955 (68) in Minneapolis, MN. to John Roehl and Delia Pouliot passing peacefully October, 24 at home.

 

Anne was a free-spirited woman with a strong sense of adventure. She was one of ten children, proving tenacious and self-reliant. Anne graduated from Orono High School in Orono, MN. 1973 continuing on to The College of St. Scholastica where she graduated in 1977 with a degree in medical technology.

 

In 1980, Anne packed her blue ‘67 Oldsmobile with a pair of skis, a suitcase and moved West to Colorado working as a lab tech at Porter Hospital. She met her husband Brian and was married in Grand Lake, CO. 1986. In 1988 they welcomed their son, Dylan and daughter, Caitlin in 1990.

 

In 1992 the couple purchased a cabin on 26 acres from the state in Conifer, CO where the entire family has since resided. In 2013 Anne graduated with a masters in molecular science from Rutgers University, continuing her work in education and medical technologies with many merits and honors in her field.

 

Anne loved the outdoors, hiking, cross country skiing, blue bird days after a snow, climbing mountains and siting near streams and rivers. She was adored by many for her strong sense of self, opinions, love and openness.  She was an active member in the community. She loved Catan, Monopoly, scrabble, rolling dice, bunco, Yahtzee, cards and being a grandma.

 

After retiring in April of 2023, Anne received her diagnosis May 22, 2023, of stage four pancreatic cancer which took her life just months later. She was a joyful, playful, strong-willed woman full of grace. She was a mother, friend, sister, aunt, and grandmother. Her cookies are legendary, and so is her legacy. She will be deeply missed.

Preceded in death by:

Parents John and Delia Roehl, baby brother Billy Roehl, Parents in law Barb and Art Fullmer, and father in law Thomas Gaffney.

Survived by;

Husband Brian Gaffney, children Dylan (Cristy), Caitlin; grandchildren Jedidiah, Adeline; siblings Dori Squiers (Bruce Molitor), Tim (Chris) Roehl, Terry Roehl (Debbie Hanson), Joe (Connie) Roehl, Greg (Debbie) Roehl, Jeff (Natchana) Roehl, Becky (Terry) Killian, Pam (Todd) Delano, Suzanne (Chris) Raab, Marianne (Jeff) Straughsbaugh, Doug Fullmer, Jim (Sally) Fullmer, Jeff Fullmer and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends.

Services at Our Lady of the Pines 9444 Eagle Cliff Road, Conifer CO 80433 on Saturday October 28, 2023 at 11 am with reception to follow.

 

Service and burial at Holy Name of Jesus 155 County Road Medina, MN. on Monday November 6, 2023 at 11am. Visitation one hour prior. Reception to follow.

 

 

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Our Lady Of Pines Church Hall&Office

9444 Eagle Cliff Rd, Conifer, CO 80433

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Funeral Service

Monday, November 6, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community

155 County Rd 24, Wayzata, MN 55391

Burial to follow

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