August 29, 1928 ~ December 7, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: New Haven, CT

Anna Marion Norton was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on August 29, 1928, the daughter of Hubert Chedsey Norton and Viola Berg Norton.  She grew up in North Guilford and Guilford, Connecticut, attended local schools and graduated second in her class from Guilford High School in 1946.  She attended Skidmore College and received a BA from the University of Connecticut in 1950.

She is survived by eight children: Andrea M.F. Ozment, of New Haven, Jonathan Todd Foster, of Southbury, Richard Chedsey Foster, of West Haven, Sabrina F. Bruno (Thomas), of New Haven, Charles Henry Christian Foster, of Westborough, MA, Chandler Norton Foster (Patricia), of Stamford, Mariana F. Szumilas, of Killingworth, and Statyra F. Santangelo (Albert), of West Haven. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren: Amanda McMeekin Ozment, Emma Foster Ozment, Christian Edward Foster, Juliana Marie Foster, Rebecca Todd Foster, Jennifer Kaye Bacigalupo (Johnny), Thomas Charles Bruno, Christopher Coe Bruno, Chandler Norton Foster II, Chelsea May Foster, Kayla Marie Foster, Aleksander Clarke Szumilas, Oliver Barrett Szumilas, and two great-grandchildren, Jayden Thomas Pressley and Julia Marie Bacigalupo. Anna is also survived by her brother, Hubert Chedsey Norton (Virginia) and her nephew, Todd Stephen Norton (Tracy), and niece, Leslie Ann N. Rankin (Brett), as well as by many dear cousins.

Anna was a member of Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, CT, and was an active member of the Trinity Players, participating in many productions.  The most recent of these were performed via Zoom due to the pandemic, but for many years she appeared in sermon dramas, dramatic readings, and dinner performances at the church, including a popular annual performance of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”  She was also a member of the Altar Guild and Monday Evening House Church.

From 1960 to 1980 she and her husband, Richard B. Foster (d. 2008) and family resided in Norwich, New York. As the wife of a physician, she was active in the overseeing of his practice as well as serving as president of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She was involved in the concert series, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the Monday Evening Musical Club, and was active in community theater in both Norwich and Sherburne, NY.  She also was a member of the troupe of the first Colgate Summer Theater, and of a New York State Council on the Arts Summer Theater at Alexandria Bay, NY.

Anna was a lifelong lover of music and the arts. She was also an enthusiastic sportswoman, playing golf at least once a week in season, and attending various grandchildren’s activities whenever possible.  Her post-children careers, all in New Haven, included health care, counseling, real estate, teaching, and tutoring.

Private funeral arrangements were in care of Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. My condolences to the Foster family. Although I only met Anna recently, her spirit and love for her family was undeniable. Thank you for being part of my sister’s NE family for so many years. I know Sarah was there to greet Anna with hugs in heaven. Love Peggy Noecker

    • Thank you, Peggy. I like to think of those two lovely and beloved souls meeting in heaven!

      with love, Andrea

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