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July 16, 1929 – Feb. 15, 2014

BENNINGTON – Ann M. Kieffer, a freelance newspaper correspondent and store manager, died Saturday in the Bennington Center home that has been in her family for 150 years. She was 84.

Born in Bennington Center, the former Ann Tretter was a 1946 graduate of Attica High School.

She worked in her family’s business, Tretter’s Store at Route 77 and Clinton Street, from 1949 until it closed in 1984, and was a correspondent for the Attica News and the Warsaw-based Western New Yorker from 1974 to 1992. She also served as a Wyoming County elections supervisor from 1967 until 2012.

The mother of seven children, she was surrogate mother to hundreds more and regularly made lunches for schoolchildren at nearby Sacred Heart of Jesus School when they left theirs at home.

For more than 50 years, she maintained a roadside stand where she sold bouquets of flowers and vegetables from her backyard garden.

Mrs. Kieffer was a charter member of the Bennington chapter of the Ein Prosit Club, a lifelong member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and was active in the Ladies of Charity and the Bennington Senior Citizens.

Her husband, Norman E., died in 1989.

Surviving are a son, Norman D.; six daughters, Maryanne Quirk, Joanne Helfer, Barbara Teti, Donna Baker, Patricia Blake and Theresa Davis; two sisters, Mary Faulhaber and Rita Walsh; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1230 Clinton St.