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Ann Shoback (nee Ann Klebanick), a resident of Brookline, Massachusetts, died on July 28, 2017. She was 95 years old. Ann was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She attended the local public schools and graduated at the top of her class from Technical High School in Scranton. A child of the Great Depression, she was a teen-ager and young adult during World War II. After the war ended, she married her husband of 59 years, Paul Shoback. They moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey, to begin a new life together. They became the proud parents of seven children and put down deep roots in their community. They joined St. Peter and Paul Church in Somerset, New Jersey, became active in the local schools, and generally supported community activities. Ann worked from time to time in retail. She particularly enjoyed working with products that involved children and was very successful in these endeavors. A life-long learner, Ann instilled in her children a love of education and a belief in the importance of hard work, respect for others, and the confidence to do hard things. She never believed there were limits on what you could accomplish, if you committed the effort. She loved to cook, and frequently made signature items for family and friends, particularly breads, desserts, and pastries. She also had an amazing talent for sewing, embroidery, and other hand work and made many outfits for her daughters, including a wedding dress. Ann placed a real premium on friendship and spent time with family and friends whenever she could. She enjoyed every moment she was able to spend with her eight grandchildren. They gave her tremendous confidence in the future and reinforced her belief in the goodness of people. Ann lived and loved life to the fullest and will be remembered for countless acts of kindness throughout her life. Survivors include Ann's children: Maryanne Kane (David) of Chevy Chase, MD; Dolores Shoback (John Imboden) of San Francisco, CA; Barbara Shoback of Bethesda, MD; Pauline Shoback (Kevin Aiston)) of Northbrook, IL; Paul Shoback of Hopatcong, NJ; Robert Shoback (Melissa Huso) of Dallas, TX; and Jacqueline Shoback (Andrew Bernstein) of Brookline, MA; her grandchildren: Jessica Kane, Daniel Kane, Thomas Kane, John Thomas (Tommy) Imboden (Morgan Brown), Elizabeth Imboden, Marice Aiston, Samantha Bernstein, and William Bernstein; and many loving nieces and nephews. There will be a Memorial Mass for Ann at All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA, on Saturday, August 12, at 11 am. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, Ann's family asks that donations in her memory be made to All Saints Memorial Fund, All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445, www.allsaintsbrookline.org, or to the Heart and Vascular Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116, giving@brighamandwomens.org/heart-vascular-center.

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