Celebrating the life of Anna-Elisabeth Foster
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She was preceded in death in 1980 by her husband John (Jack) Foster MD and in 1973 by their son Carl Ian Foster. She is survived by her daughters Christine Eve Foster (the late Pete Leinberger) of West Chester, PA, Naomi Elisabeth Foster (Bill Arvanites) of Providence, RI and Leslie Yvonne Foster (Louis Stamm) of Raleigh, NC. and five grandchildren Anna and Marie Leinberger, Rebecca and William Arvanites and Chelsea Stamm.
Born in 1921 in Germany, Annelie immigrated to the United States with her parents Otto and Hedwig Mueller in 1924 and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was graduated from Bay Ridge High School and attended Columbia University and Hunter College. She and Jack met while working at Long Island Hospital. They married in 1944.
After beginning married life in New York City and Phoenix, Arizona, the family settled in Norfolk where Dr. Foster became the Director of Radiology at DePaul Hospital (now Bon Secours Medical Center) from 1952 to 1978. Annelie was a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of DePaul Hospital.
Annelie’s life was marked by a steadfast pursuit of knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. After completing a Bachelors Degree in English Literature at Old Dominion University in 1968, she continued to take graduate level and continuing education courses. Her passion for learning included art history, and nature. Throughout her life she closely followed politics and current affairs and became computer proficient in her sixties especially enjoying Pac-Man. Her love of and respect for food made her an accomplished cook. The ultimate professions of her daughters were inspired by her family legacy and passions.
Music played a very important part in her life. Her father taught her to play the piano instilling in her a love of classical music and opera from an early. Annelie continued to study piano introducing jazz and pop into her repertoire. “Mack the Knife” was her particular favorite. She was an avid supporter of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Opera.
She will be remembered as an enthusiastic volunteer at the Hunter House Victorian Museum in Norfolk where she was a knowledgeable docent of both Victorian life and the Hunter family.
A world traveler, Annelie’s love of history and culture took her to four continents. Always physically active, she played tennis for many years and learned to scuba dive and snow ski. She was an active bridge player and a member of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, 150 Boush St., Suite 201, Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-213-1417, www.virginiasymphony.org/online-giving.php or the Hunter House Victorian Museum, 240 W. Freemason St., Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-623-9814.
Services will be private
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