Ann Louise (Flaherty) Sepcilka of Malden passed away on June 5, 2016 at the age of 65 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading after a short, intense battle with cancer.
She was born in Dorchester on June 14, 1950 to Thomas and Julia (Ambrose) Flaherty. She was the oldest of 3 daughters born to the couple. She was married on May 12, 1979 at Union Chapel in Scituate to Robert E. Sepcilka formerly of Pittsfield. She was a student at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham and upon graduation joined the Massachusetts Bankers Association as an Administrative Assistant. After over 40 years with the Association she retired in June 2015 as Vice President of Systems Management and Administration. She was an innovative self-starter and became the systems guru for the Association as well as a strong leader and a terrific mentor for many associates in the organization.
Ann was a vibrant personality and was passionate about many diverse activities. She loved travel, nature, cooking, gardening, and the arts including classical music and dance. She was a supporting member of the Audubon Society, the Trustees of Reservations and the Peabody Essex Museum. She was an avid hiker and had a tremendous sense of adventure. She had a special warm spot and love for all animals and especially enjoyed the company of her cats Rocco and Beau. She had a generous heart and supported many charitable organizations including the Vietnam Veterans, the Salvation Army, Bread of Life, Rosie’s Place, Little Wanderers, Pan Mass Challenge and Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project among others.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Robert E. Sepcilka of Malden; sisters Joan A Minichiello of Attleboro, Christina Lofgren of Cape Neddick, ME and Patricia Tabolsky of Quincy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. at the First Parish in Malden, Unitarian, 2 Elm Street, Malden, MA, 02148. Donations in Ann’s name can be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, MA or to the Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project at www.navajowaterproject.org.
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