DARTMOUTH — Anne Umeko Ono Towle. Born March 5, 1923 in Kofu, Japan to Hajime and Hisae (Abe) Ono.
During the war years Anne worked for a local news service. After the war, Anne worked for the Occupied Armed Forces as an interpreter. It was during this time that she met and married her husband Bertram M. Towle. Together, they lived in Vermont, Upstate New York, and Boston, all while raising five children. Upon divorcing, Anne moved to Lexington, MA where she resided for 22 years before moving to Dartmouth, where she has lived since 1997.
While residing in Boston, Anne worked as an assistant to Dr. John B. Garrett. While in Lexington Anne worked at Nippon Express, an Import/Export company at Logan Airport, then for the Town of Lexington in the Dept. of Public Works.
She has been a member of Old South Church in Boston, and Smith Mills Church in N. Dartmouth where she sang in the choir. Anne has always done volunteer work including Meals on Wheels in Lexington, and for the Council on Aging in Dartmouth.
Anne is predeceased by her parents, 3 older siblings who died in infancy, her daughter Dawn (Lisa Lee), her former husband, Bertram M. Towle, her brother in law, William Bingham, sister in law, Barbara Towle, brother in law, Yujiro Murata, and former son in law, Robert Burrows.
Anne is survived by daughter Verna Y. Miller (Richard) of Boston, MA, son David Y. Towle (Jennifer) of Waltham, MA, daughter Cynthia F. Spence (Thomas) of Dartmouth, MA and son Jonathan H. Towle (Christine) of Hudson, MA, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sister in law Betty Bingham of Vermont, sister Sekiko Murata, brother Hiroshi Ono and his wife Noriko, all of Japan, nieces, nephews and extended family in the USA, Japan and Switzerland.
A memorial service to celebrate Anne’s life is planned for Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 AM at the Smith Mills Church, 11 Anderson Way, Dartmouth, MA 02748. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.