Long time Friend’s volunteer and member of the Friends Board, Ann Schwendener, died last Saturday. After learning of her diagnosis and hearing the prognosis for 6 months, I thought she’d pass in the fall. I dreaded the fall, but she went on the first day of summer. For some weird reason that gives me the tiniest bit of consolation. I don’t know why. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted her around for as long as possible, and I already miss her. But for me, the first day of summer is a happy time, a good time to do anything.
Ann volunteered with the Friends for many, many years. She spoke at this organizations 50th anniversary celebration and shared memories of the early years. Since she died, I’ve looked for a record of when she started volunteering here and I can’t find one. Of course I regret that. Maybe someone else knows.
In addition to working in the bookstore and at book sales, she was on the board and was the treasurer for many years. Ann was one of 3 or 4 people who shared the collective memory of so much of the early days of FKPL: she knew the history because she’d been part of it.
Ann was an outstanding woman, an amazing person. She really lived, she experienced so much, enjoyed so much, and right up to the last year she never seemed to slow down.
We’re closing the store on Saturday afternoon so that those who knew her can attend her memorial service. We will close 1:00.