Anne B. Stearns

  • Born: July 6, 1924
  • Died: March 22, 2018
  • Location: North Haverhill, New Hampshire

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Littleton, NH 03561

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Tribute & Message From The Family


NORTH HAVERHILL, NH – Anne B. Stearns, 93, a longtime resident of Littleton, New Hampshire, passed away on March 22, 2018 at the Grafton County Nursing Home after a period of declining health.

Anne was born on July 6, 1924, a daughter to Simon and Beatrice (Kubilis) Bernatowicz in Shenandoah, PA. She was the second of four siblings. As the first generation of Lithuanian parents, Anne quickly learned the English language and excelled at academics. She was enrolled in the college prep curriculum and graduated from Shenandoah High School, Class of 1942 with a rank of 11 out of a class of 400 students.

Upon graduation, Anne spent the summer at the New Jersey Shore with friends before entering the work force in Philadelphia where she met her husband, the late Henry C. Stearns (passed in 1980). Upon her husband's discharge from the service, they settled in Northern New Hampshire, making Littleton her home for over fifty years.

Anne enjoyed walking. She and her husband could often be seen walking the streets of Littleton in the evenings. She also enjoyed hikes at their summer cottage on Lake Tarleton and the role of homemaker, keeping a spotless house. Family was the focus of her adult life. She was an excellent cook and gardener who also enjoyed reading, crosswords, traveling, dining out, shopping, day trips and gambling at Atlantic City and Foxwoods. She especially enjoyed family summer vacations to the Jersey Shore.

Surviving family members include her children, Carol of Concord, NH and son Daniel of Littleton, NH; a sister Georgine Schmidt and husband William Schmidt of Lansdale, PA and several nieces and nephews. Anne was predeceased by her husband, Henry C. Stearns and three siblings.

Anne was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, Littleton, NH.

SERVICES -- There are no calling hours, per Anne's wishes. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on March 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Mark Dollard officiating.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Anne's memory to Littleton Healthcare Charitable Foundation, 600 St. Johnsbury Road, Littleton, NH 03561 or St. Rose of Lima Parish – Capital Improvements, 77 Clay Street, Littleton, NH 03561.